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Two-time Grammy Award Winner Ernie Watts joins your Charleston Jazz Orchestra for a tribute to the Saxophone Legends of Jazz

10.02.19

SAXOPHONE LEGENDS: Ernie Watts plays John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and more!
SATURDAY, October 19, 2019  |  5PM AND 8PM  |  CHARLESTON MUSIC HALL

 CHARLESTON, SC – The saxophone is arguably the most recognizable symbol and sound in jazz. It can wail and scream with passion, as well as whisper softly your favorite melody. Saxophonist Ernie Watts joins the CJO to play the music of some of the most beloved Saxophone Legends of our time. A two-time Grammy Award winner and long-time member of the Tonight Show Orchestra, Ernie has been featured on more than 500 recordings, to include projects by Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, and the Rolling Stones. 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 – $60. Senior rates for 65 and older. $10 for students and children.

“Ernie Watts is one of the world’s greatest modern saxophonists. His amazing tone and astonishing technique have entertained audiences and inspired saxophonists for over 40 years. I personally was so influenced by him that my college jazz band director started calling me Little Ernie! It is incredible to me that I will get to share the stage with one of my heroes. I can’t wait!    

-Robert Lewis, CJO Music Director

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ANNOUNCING….2020 Charleston Jazz Orchestra Season 12

09.16.19

February – December 2020 | 5PM + 8PM | Charleston Music Hall
Tickets are on sale now and are available at www.charlestonjazz.com

Charleston, SC  – Charleston Jazz is excited to announce Season 12 for the Charleston Jazz Orchestra. (CJO). 2020 CJO Season 12 will feature an eclectic and inspiring lineup of performances and guest artists including Nestor Torres, Jon Faddis and Charleston’s Lowcountry Voices.Season Subscriptions, Trio Passes and Individual Tickets are on sale now at www.charlestonjazz.com or call the Charleston Jazz box office at 843.641.0011. Individual ticket prices range from $25 – $62. Senior rates for 65 and older. $10 for students and children. Save 10% off individual tickets prices with a Season Subscription. Save 5% off individual ticket prices with a Trio Pass.

“I am delighted with the eclectic and inspiring lineup of performances and guest artists for Season 12! We’ll be celebrating South Carolina jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie with the great Jon Faddis, recreating the iconic album “Ellington at Newport,” exploring Latin rhythms with Nestor Torres, bringing back the popular Jazz on the Screen show, and of course capping the season off with Holiday Swing. I’m perhaps most excited about our collaboration with the Lowcountry Voices, directed by Nate Nelson, where we will be creating a completely new show celebrating the incredible Gullah musical traditions. I remain incredibly grateful for the community which supports such artistic ambitions; Charleston is the envy of the country for a reason!        – Music Director, Robert Lewis

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KEEPIN’ JAZZ ALIVE – A Benefit for Charleston Jazz featuring The Charlton Singleton Project

09.09.19

CHARLESTON, SC – Join us to celebrate and support Charleston Jazz at our Keepin’ Jazz Alive benefit!This special evening will include a VIP dinner and auction followed by a concert put together by Charlton Singleton featuring some of Charleston’s most accomplished artists. Expect a unique performance including newly written music and arrangements of well-known songs.

Set List to include:

Avalon – Al Jolson – Arranged by David Heywood
Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby – Louis Jordan – Adapted by David Heywood
Enter to Worship –  Charlton Singleton
Gradual Lean –  Charlton Singleton
Just Friends – Sam Lewis/John Klenner – Arranged by Roger Neumann
L.O.V.E. – Bert Kaempfert/Milt Gabler – Arranged by David Heywood
Powder Puff – Shorty Rogers – Edited by Bob Curnow
Quizás, Quizás, Quizás – Osvaldo Farrés –  Arranged by David Heywood
Shiny Stockings – Frank Foster – Arranged by Tom Kubis
Sugar – Stanley Turrentine – Arranged by Bob Florence

The Charlton Singleton Project is specifically put together by Charlton Singleton for the Keepin’ Jazz Alive benefit and will feature Charleston Jazz Orchestra members, as well as some of Charleston’s highly recognized jazz artists including: Charlton Singleton (vocal/trumpet), Dan Voss (alto sax), Mark Sterbank (tenor sax), John Cobb (bari sax), Matthew White (trumpet), Mark Rapp (trumpet), Gavin Smith (trombone), Lee Barbour (guitar), Demetrius Doctor (piano), Reggie Sullivan (bass), and Quentin Baxter (drums and percussion).

For this fundraiser, I will be pulling from my FULL bag of tricks. I will be playing some solo piano, singing and playing from the piano, performing with my quintet and the newly formed Charlton Singleton Project. Please purchase your tickets now and support this important institution including the newly established Charleston Jazz Academy, which is nurturing the next generation of jazz artists and is so wonderfully run by my good friend (little brother) David Carter! I hope that you will be there!    -Charlton Singleton

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Take a ride with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra along the Pacific Coast Highway!

08.23.19

TAKE 5: West Coast Cool Jazz
September 14, 2019  |  5pm + 8pm |  Charleston Music Hall

 

CHARLESTON, SC – Dave Brubeck, Chet Baker, Paul Desmond, and Gerry Mulligan helped create the popular ‘cool jazz’ style that hailed from the West Coast. Lyrical, mellow, and always swinging, it helped define the musical soundscape of the 1950’s. Your Charleston Jazz Orchestra takes on some of the great songs and arrangements from that era, while exploring new versions of some of its classics. 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 – $60. Senior rates for 65 and older. $10 for students and children. Performances at 5pm and 8pm at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street, Charleston, SC 29401.

We are thrilled to be able to explore the jazz world of the west coast! The music in California in the 50’s and 60’s had its own special flavor, and we are excited to be able to bring it to our Charleston audience. Brubeck, Mulligan, Baker, Guaraldi, Kenton, Holman: what could be better?!  -Robert Lewis, Music Director

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