In CJO Season 10



CHARLESTON, SC – October 4, 2018 – The Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) led by Music Director, Charlton Singleton, kicks off the second half of its Season 10 with a tribute to one of the greatest music producers and arrangers of all time – Quincy Jones.

During an illustrious 60+ year career, Quincy Jones has created music for Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Patti Austin, Sarah Vaughn, Michael Jackson and more. Known to many simply as ‘Q’, he has received 28 Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Legend Award, and has been a major force in almost every style of music and entertainment.

Maestro Singleton has gone on record many times stating Quincy Jones is probably the most important musician of our time. His mastery of musical styles ranges from jazz and R&B, Brazilian and pop, and everything in between. The CJO and special guest vocalist, Quiana Parler, will delve into his repertoire and perform some of his most notable compositions and arrangements including:

  • I Wanna Be Around
  • Robot Portrait
  • Makin’ Whoopee
  • Happy Faces
  • You Make Me Feel So Young
  • Can’t Stop Loving You
  • Satin Doll
  • Goin’ to Chicago
  • Hard Sock Dance

One week after the Quincy Jones concert, the CJO will welcome René Marie to the Charleston Music Hall stage on October 20, 2018.  This Grammy nominated vocalist has cemented her reputation as a singer, composer, arranger, theatrical performer, and teacher in the span of two decades, eleven recordings, and countless stage productions.  Being no stranger to Charleston, René Marie has blessed this city several times with her amazing voice and energy. The CJO is pleased to take the stage with René Marie and her band named ‘Experiment in Truth’ (featuring pianist John Chin, bassist Elias Bailey, and drummer Quentin E. Baxter). The performance will include René Marie’s original material and several new arrangements by Charleston musicians, Robert Lewis, Mark Sterbank, Frank Duvall and Demetrius Doctor.

Tickets for both concerts are on sale now through the Charleston Jazz website at www.charlestonjazz.com.  Or call the box office at 843-641-0011.  Ticket prices range from $25 to $60 for adults and $10 for students and children.

About the Charleston Jazz Orchestra:
The Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) is an 18-person big band led by Music Director, Charlton Singleton. The band is comprised of the crème de la crème of South Carolina jazz musicians and is an entertaining, educational and stellar example of the rich history and legacy of jazz in Charleston.  The CJO is in its 10th year offering a 6-concert subscription series and is 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. Over the past 10 years, 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 Mary Beth Natarajan, [email protected].

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