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SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 3:00PM – 5:30PM

CHARLESTON, SC – January 12, 2018 – A highlight of the 4th Annual Charleston Jazz Festival is the Family Jazz Day featuring many of Charleston’s up and coming youth artists and teachers. The annual festival brings together hundreds of jazz lovers from across South Carolina for four days of jazz performances by award-winning artists. The festival will take place January 18 – 21, 2018, with events at multiple locations throughout downtown Charleston, including the Charleston Music Hall, Gaillard Center, College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, Renaissance Hotel Ballroom, Prohibition, and Barsa Tapas Lounge and Bar.

The final day of the festival is devoted to community and youth music programs with performances by the School of The Arts Jazz Band, the Charleston All Star Youth Jazz Orchestra, and the Ken Foberg Quartet featuring Alva Anderson at the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre from 3:00pm – 5:30pm.

Charleston All-Star Youth Jazz Orchestra
This exciting band is comprised of Charleston’s top youth jazz musicians hand-picked by area high school band directors. A new group is curated each year to perform at the Charleston Jazz Festival. The All-Star Orchestra is led by Charleston Jazz Orchestra trumpeter and long-time music educator Stephan Berry and assisted by David Carter, Director of Education and Outreach at Charleston Jazz.

Charleston School of the Arts Jazz Band
Known as ‘SOA JAZZ,’ this elite high school band led by Band Director Basil Kerr, has performed at several prestigious events including the East Carolina University Jazz Festival, the Savannah Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival, and the South Carolina Music Educators Convention.

Ken Foberg Jazz Quartet with Alva Anderson
The Ken Foberg Jazz Quartet features the smooth trombone sound of Ken Foberg. Ken has worked with many notable ensembles, to include the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Joining his Quartet for this special show is the internationally known jazz singer and violist Alva Anderson. Together, they create a toe-tapping and exciting show for audiences as they perform jazz, ballads, and Latin jazz favorites.

Ken Foberg – Trombone
Alva Anderson – Vocals
Ryan Flannery – Guitar
Mary Madden – Drums
Arnold Gottlieb – Bass


“The 4th Annual Charleston Jazz Festival provides a stage for the many talented youth musicians who are being developed in our high schools right now,” said Stephan Berry, director of the Charleston All-Star Youth Orchestra. “The students need to learn quickly, practice hard, and bring out their best in front of a large jazz festival audience. It’s a great experience for everyone.”

All three concerts are part of the final day of the festival on January 21 at the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre beginning at 3:00pm. Admission is FREE for children and students ages 18 and under, adults are $5.
Tickets and the full festival schedule are available now at www.charlestonjazz.com.

2018 Charleston Jazz Festival Schedule

Thursday, January 18, 2018
7:30pm Nnenna Freelon with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra – ($25 – $60)
Charleston Music Hall / 37 John Street / Charleston, SC / 29403

9:30 New Fresh Jazz Quartet – (Free Admission)
Prohibition / 547 King Street / Charleston, SC 29403

Friday, January 19, 2018
5:30pm Disney Meets Jazz ($25)
Featuring Lovett/Belanger/Ray

7:00pm Gullah Contemporary Jazz ($25)
Featuring the Demetrius Doctor Trio with Mark Sterbank

8:30pm Celebrating Sinatra ($25)
Featuring the Joe Clarke Big Band
Renaissance Hotel Ballroom / 68 Wentworth Street / Charleston, SC / 29401

9:30pm Oscar Rivers Trio with “Mr. Blues” Williams (Free Admission)
10:30pm Festival Jazz Jam (Free Admission)
Barsa Tapas Lounge and Bar / 630 King Street / Charleston, SC 29403

Saturday, January 20, 2018
8:00 pm Kenny G ($40 – $125)
The Gaillard Center / 95 Calhoun Street / Charleston, SC / 29401

Sunday, January 21, 2018
Family Jazz Day
(Free Admission for students and children. Adults $5)
3:00pm The Ken Foberg Jazz Quartet with Alva Anderson
Charleston All-Star Youth Jazz Orchestra
Charleston School of the Arts (SOA) Jazz Band
A general admission ticket is required
College of Charleston Sottile Theatre / 44 George Street / Charleston, SC 29401


About the Charleston Jazz Festival: The Charleston Jazz Festival is produced and presented by Charleston Jazz, a South Carolina-based nonprofit organization incorporated to foster a professional environment for jazz musicians, artists, students and enthusiasts in the Charleston area. Its mission is to develop, promote, and support a vibrant and creative jazz culture through concerts, special outreach events, and educational programs. Charleston Jazz endeavors to preserve and bolster Charleston’s rich musical history and legacy as it explores the various realms of jazz in terms of how it is created as well as its stylistic expressions.

For more information visit www.charlestonjazz.com. To schedule an interview or media appearance or for hi-resolution images, please contact Deja Knight at [email protected].

Charleston All-Star Youth Jazz Orchestra – Roster

Logan Borg – Goose Creek HS
Emily Daly – Goose Creek HS
Gabriel Joda – Hanahan HS
Finn Mefford – Wando HS
Jeremiah Nesbitt – Hanahan HS
Sapaydia Rosales – Goose Creek HS
Adriel Rush – Goose Creek HS
Brandon Wood – Cane Bay HS

David Dixon – Stratford HS
Wyatt Gaddy – Cane Bay HS
Mickayla Hamilton – Goose Creek HS
Bradley Miller – Stratford HS
Cherokee Osler – Goose Creek HS

DeAnthony Cox – Hanahan HS
Savannah Mellichamp – Wando HS
Connor Reich – Cane Bay HS
Lilly Summers – Goose Creek HS
Anthony Williams – Cane Bay HS

Reilly Beaver – Guitar – Allegro Charter School of Music
Chase Bennett – Bass – Stratford HS
Harold Chandler – Drums – Goose Creek HS
Jarred Daniels – Drums – Goose Creek HS
Keyshawn Matthews – Vibraphone – Goose Creek HS
John Breen – Piano- Stratford HS
Thales Vasconcelos – Piano – Goose Creek HS


Charleston School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble – Roster

Jessica Bevins
Tanner Kirk
Lian Norris
Steven Tanner
Jalen Williams

Carson Archie
Morgan Beard
Tes Smoak

Daniel Brown
Cady Haller
Sienne Rodwell
Jarrell Summersett

McCormick Emge – Piano/keyboards
McHenry Jackson – Guitar
Walker King – Guitar
Joseph McGuinn – Bass
Chris Barnwell – Drums
Alex Brouwer – Drums
Asher Dibernardo – Drums
Cameron Wescott – Drums


Westside High School Jazz Combo
Thomas Brown – Bass
Tyleek Clinkscales – Trumpet
Dalvin Gray – Drums
Sincere Hatten – Saxophone
Tah’J Hood – Vibraphone
Nathaniel Pugh – Piano

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