In CJO Season 10


CHARLESTON, SC – FEBRUARY 13, 2018 – The Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) proudly presents its February concert entitled “SINGIN’ ELLA” to be held Saturday, February 24th at the Charleston Music Hall on John Street. Show times begin at 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

In 2017, the world celebrated the centennial of Ella Fitzgerald, ‘The First Lady of Song’. Her fame began as featured vocalist with the Chick Webb Orchestra and their recording of ‘A-Tisket, A-Tasket’. In 1942 she started her solo career and went on to record some of the most beloved jazz albums that highlighted her ‘scat singing’.

Joining the CJO as a featured guest vocalist will be the talented Carmen Bradford who is considered to be one of the greatest jazz vocalists alive today. As the former featured singer in the Count Basie Orchestra, Bradford’s soulful vocals epitomize jazz. She has performed with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and on the soundtrack of Oprah Winfrey’s landmark film, Beloved.

“We are thrilled to welcome Carmen Bradford to Charleston. With performances on 4 Grammy Award-winnings albums, sold out concerts the world over, and 16 recordings, Carmen’s special tribute to her heroine, Ella Fitzgerald, is an event you won’t want to miss,” said Mary Beth Natarajan, Executive Director at Charleston Jazz.

The concert will feature many songs made famous by Ella Fitzgerald. Including

  • Can’t Buy Me Love

  • Don’t Be That Way

  • Goody Goody

  • Honeysuckle Rose

  • I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues

  • I Love Being Here With You
I Wish You Love

  • I’m Beginning to See the Light

  • Mr. Paganinni

  • Smooth Sailing

  • Sweet Georgia Brown

  • The Very Thought of You

  • This Can’t Be Love

  • A Tisket, A Tasket

Tickets 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 $20 to $60. $10 for students and children.

About the Charleston Jazz Orchestra:
The Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) is a 19-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.

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 Deja Knight at [email protected]

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