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Mi Alma Latina with Nestor Torres and Gino Castillo on March 14, 2020

02.25.20

Latin Grammy Award Winning Jazz Flautist Nestor Torres and Master Percussionist Gino Castillo will join the Charleston Jazz Orchestra for Latin Night – Mi Alma Latina on March 14, 2020

CHARLESTON, SC – Back by popular demand and as proclaimed by Jelly Roll Morton’s maxim “You’ve got to have that Spanish tinge,” Latin Night returns to Season 12! Latin Grammy award winning jazz flautist Nestor Torres will join your Charleston Jazz Orchestrafor an evening comprised of the lively rhythms and spicy spirit of Latin America. With his Caribbean heritage and Classical training, Nestor Torres provides a unique rhythmic and melodic approach to Jazz, one that explores diverse national traditions and bridges musical borders, embodying the essence of MI ALMA LATINA: My Latin Soul!

Charleston’s resident Afro-Cuban Jazz and Salsa musician – Gino Castillo – will be joining the Charleston Jazz Orchestra and Nestor Torres for this performance.

Tickets are on sale now at www.charlestonjazz.com or call the Charleston Jazz box office at 843-641-0011. Ticket prices range from $25 – $62. Senior rates for 65 and older. $10 for students and children. No additional ticket fees. Save 5% off individual ticket prices with a Trio Pass. For groups (10+) please call 843.641.0011 for group rate.

“The charts Nestor Torres sent are complex, beautiful, and burning! We are excited to start digging into them, and getting to work with Nestor!”
-Robert Lewis, CJO Music Director

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The Charleston Jazz Orchestra will recreate Duke Ellington’s 1956 Newport Jazz Festival Performance for the Season 12 opener!

02.01.20

CHARLESTON, SC – By the mid-1950s, Big Bands found themselves in a changed world as Bebop took center stage. Even the Duke Ellington Orchestra, who had creatively dominated the jazz scene from the late 1920s – 1940s, found itself struggling until the historic gig at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival. With an electrifying performance, the crowd at Freedom Park was transformed and Ellington’s career was revitalized. Sixty-four years later, your Charleston Jazz Orchestra will recreate that notable night in jazz history, one that festival producer George Wein proclaimed as “the greatest performance of Ellington’s career” and one that “stood for everything jazz had been and could be.”

Tickets are on sale now at www.charlestonjazz.com or call the Charleston Jazz box office at 843-641-0011. Ticket prices range from $25 – $62. Senior rates for 65 and older. $10 for students and children. No additional ticket fees. Save 10% off individual ticket prices with a Season Subscription. Save 5% off individual ticket prices with a Trio Pass. For groups (10+) please call 843.641.0011 for group rate.

“It has been fascinating diving in to this pivotal concert by the Duke Ellington Orchestra. We’re actually having to create about half the charts ourselves, so it’s been an incredible opportunity to learn more about how Duke constructed his music. I can’t wait to hear it all come together live!”

-Robert Lewis, CJO Music Director

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Charleston Jazz Announces New Executive Director

12.16.19

CHARLESTON, SC – Charleston Jazz is proud to announce Tatjana Beylotte as the new Executive Director. Tatjana Beylotte was hired in July 2018 as the Director of Development at Charleston Jazz. Ms. Beylotte has held a variety of leadership roles and has 19 years of experience in fundraising for arts organizations. Before coming to Charleston Jazz, she was the Deputy Director at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston. Prior to that role, Ms. Beylotte was Executive Director of 1708 Gallery, a non-profit space for contemporary art in Richmond, VA. She also worked as Arts Education Grants Coordinator for the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and Director of Development for International Arts and Artists in Washington, DC. Ms. Beylotte holds a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Arts Management from the College of Charleston.

“I couldn’t be more honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead this important organization and keep jazz alive and thriving in our community.  As the only organization solely dedicated to the presentation of jazz performance and education in our community in addition to the deep roots of jazz in the Lowcountry, Charleston Jazz is fundamental to the arts ecosystem and cultural life in Charleston and beyond.”

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Just Announced! Local Band Day Lineup – 2020 Charleston Jazz Festival, January 23, 2020

11.12.19

Charleston, SC  – Charleston Jazz is excited to announce the lineup for Local Band Day during the 2020 Charleston Jazz Festival, January 23-26, 2020. On January 23rd, the 6th Annual Charleston Jazz Festival will open with some of Charleston’s most exciting jazz groups – Offramp The Music of Pat Metheny, Cameron & the Saltwater Brass Shake Everything You Got! and Lee Barbour’s Polyverse Art of the Modern Organ Trio featuring Justin Stanton of Snarky Puppy. Tickets are on sale now at www.charlestonjazz.com or call the Charleston Jazz box office at 843-641-0011. Tickets are $25. Performances will be at Forte Jazz Lounge, 475 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403.

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