In CJO Season 9


CHARLESTON, SC – September 12, 2017 – The Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) kicks off the 2nd half of its Season 9 with a concert entitled “Blue Note Records: The Iconic Jazz Label and Its Stars” featuring jazz drumming legend T.S. Monk, son of jazz pioneer Thelonious Monk. The concert will be held Saturday, September 16 at the Charleston Music Hall. Show times are at 5:00 and 8:00pm.

Blue Note Records has produced some of most iconic jazz recordings of our time. From John Coltrane to Cannonball Adderley, the label has been home to nearly every major jazz artist of each era. Names like Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins and Eric Dolphy have all graced the albums of Blue Note Records. Additionally, the album cover art was as influential in the world of graphic design as the music was in the world of jazz.

“Blue Note is to jazz as Motown is to soul,” said Charleston Singleton, Music Director of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra. “Blue Note Records has always been the number one and most recognized jazz label in the world. Our concert will present top-notch arrangements from Robert Lewis (Lead Alto Sax) and the late great Bob Belden (Goose Creek native, Grammy Award winner, and former producer at Blue Note). Plus, we have T.S. Monk as our special guest. This concert is another MUST see and hear!”

T.S. received the New York Jazz Awards First Annual ‘Recording of the Year’ and Downbeat Magazine’s prestigious ‘Reader’s Poll Award’ for his musical tribute to his father, entitled Monk on Monk. T.S. also founded the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which has created a number of influential programs that support music education across the country. T.S. and the CJO will perform favorites from Blue Note’s legendary catalog and relive the jazz milestones that influenced so many.

Tickets are on sale now at www.charlestonjazz.com. Ticket prices range from $10 to $60.

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.

About the Charleston Jazz Orchestra:

The Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) is a19-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 9th 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.

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