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CHARLESTON, SC – September 4, 2018 – The Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) led by Music Director, Charlton Singleton, kicks off the second half of its Season 10 by welcoming Grammy nominated vocalist René Marie to the stage on September 15 at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street.

René Marie 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. Guided by powerful life lessons and rooted in jazz traditions, she borrows various elements of folk, R&B, and even classical and country to create a captivating hybrid style.

Being no stranger to Charleston, René Marie has blessed this city several times with her amazing voice and energy. Her past performances at the Spoleto Festival USA have been highly acclaimed. 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.

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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