In CJO Season 11

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

The song list includes:

A Ballad– Composed by Gerry Mulligan, Arranged by Bob Brookmeyer
Blue Rondo a la Turk– Composed by Dave Brubeck, Arranged by Frank Duvall
Bogota– Composed by Ken Hanna, Arranged by Bob Curnow
First ChildComposed and Arranged by Bob Curnow
MotelComposed and Arranged by Gerry Mulligan
My Ideal– Composed by Newell Chase and Richard Whiting, Arranged by Maria Schneider
Never SleepComposed and Arranged by Bill Holman
RoselandComposed and Arranged by Bill Holman
Take Five– Composed by Paul Desmond, Arranged by Robert Lewis
The Great Pumpkin Waltz– Composed by Vince Guaraldi, Arranged by Demetrius Doctor
Walkin’ Shoes  – Composed and Arranged by Gerry Mulligan
West SideComposed and Arranged by Bill Holman
You Go to My Head– Composed by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie, Arranged by Bill Holman


Correlated Program:

JAZZ NOTES: Let’s talk West Coast Cool Jazz

Join us for JAZZ NOTES and learn about West Coast Jazz! David Carter, Director of Education, will present an informative talk about this genre of jazz and the artists that made it famous in preparation for the Charleston Jazz Orchestra’s performance of West Coast Cool Jazz on Saturday, September 14, 2019.

“We are excited to present our new Jazz Notes Series! This series is intended to provide insight and background about the artists and their music presented by our Charleston Jazz Orchestra. Regardless of age or musical experience, we hope you will join us for a fun time of listening and learning!” -David Carter, Director of Education and Outreach

Event to be held on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 6pm at the Charleston Jazz Academy, 3005 West Montague Avenue, Suite 200, North Charleston, SC 29418. This is a FREE EVENT. Limited seating available. Secure your seat at www.charlestonjazz.com. Or call the Charleston Jazz box office at 843-641-0011.


About the Charleston Jazz Orchestra:
Under the direction of Robert Lewis, has been performing for audiences in the Lowcountry for over 10 years. The Charleston Jazz Orchestra is comprised of 18 accomplished jazz musicians and is an entertaining and educational example of the rich history of jazz in Charleston. The Charleston Jazz Orchestra offers a six concert subscription series known for its unique, enthusiastically received performances that contribute mightily to the ever-evolving Lowcountry arts scene.

About Charleston Jazz:
Charleston Jazz is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote musical awareness and education including the recognition and preservation of the history of jazz in the Lowcountry through performances, special events, and educational outreach. Established in 2008 as Jazz Artists of Charleston, the organization has earned a reputation for presenting, producing, and advocating for all things jazz and the artists who bring this music to life in dynamic ways. The organization manages the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, the Charleston Jazz Festival, and the Charleston Jazz Academy.

For more information and to schedule an interview, media appearance, or for hi-resolution images, contact Brittany Burkett at [email protected].


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