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Mi Alma Latina with Nestor Torres and Gino Castillo on March 14, 2020

02.25.20

Latin Grammy Award Winning Jazz Flautist Nestor Torres and Master Percussionist Gino Castillo will join the Charleston Jazz Orchestra for Latin Night – Mi Alma Latina on March 14, 2020

CHARLESTON, SC – Back by popular demand and as proclaimed by Jelly Roll Morton’s maxim “You’ve got to have that Spanish tinge,” Latin Night returns to Season 12! Latin Grammy award winning jazz flautist Nestor Torres will join your Charleston Jazz Orchestrafor an evening comprised of the lively rhythms and spicy spirit of Latin America. With his Caribbean heritage and Classical training, Nestor Torres provides a unique rhythmic and melodic approach to Jazz, one that explores diverse national traditions and bridges musical borders, embodying the essence of MI ALMA LATINA: My Latin Soul!

Charleston’s resident Afro-Cuban Jazz and Salsa musician – Gino Castillo – will be joining the Charleston Jazz Orchestra and Nestor Torres for this performance.

Tickets are on sale now at www.charlestonjazz.com or call the Charleston Jazz box office at 843-641-0011. Ticket prices range from $25 – $62. Senior rates for 65 and older. $10 for students and children. No additional ticket fees. Save 5% off individual ticket prices with a Trio Pass. For groups (10+) please call 843.641.0011 for group rate.

“The charts Nestor Torres sent are complex, beautiful, and burning! We are excited to start digging into them, and getting to work with Nestor!”
-Robert Lewis, CJO Music Director

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The Charleston Jazz Orchestra will recreate Duke Ellington’s 1956 Newport Jazz Festival Performance for the Season 12 opener!

02.01.20

CHARLESTON, SC – By the mid-1950s, Big Bands found themselves in a changed world as Bebop took center stage. Even the Duke Ellington Orchestra, who had creatively dominated the jazz scene from the late 1920s – 1940s, found itself struggling until the historic gig at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival. With an electrifying performance, the crowd at Freedom Park was transformed and Ellington’s career was revitalized. Sixty-four years later, your Charleston Jazz Orchestra will recreate that notable night in jazz history, one that festival producer George Wein proclaimed as “the greatest performance of Ellington’s career” and one that “stood for everything jazz had been and could be.”

Tickets are on sale now at www.charlestonjazz.com or call the Charleston Jazz box office at 843-641-0011. Ticket prices range from $25 – $62. Senior rates for 65 and older. $10 for students and children. No additional ticket fees. Save 10% off individual ticket prices with a Season Subscription. Save 5% off individual ticket prices with a Trio Pass. For groups (10+) please call 843.641.0011 for group rate.

“It has been fascinating diving in to this pivotal concert by the Duke Ellington Orchestra. We’re actually having to create about half the charts ourselves, so it’s been an incredible opportunity to learn more about how Duke constructed his music. I can’t wait to hear it all come together live!”

-Robert Lewis, CJO Music Director

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ANNOUNCING….2020 Charleston Jazz Orchestra Season 12

09.16.19

February – December 2020 | 5PM + 8PM | Charleston Music Hall
Tickets are on sale now and are available at www.charlestonjazz.com

Charleston, SC  – Charleston Jazz is excited to announce Season 12 for the Charleston Jazz Orchestra. (CJO). 2020 CJO Season 12 will feature an eclectic and inspiring lineup of performances and guest artists including Nestor Torres, Jon Faddis and Charleston’s Lowcountry Voices.Season Subscriptions, Trio Passes and Individual Tickets are on sale now at www.charlestonjazz.com or call the Charleston Jazz box office at 843.641.0011. Individual ticket prices range from $25 – $62. Senior rates for 65 and older. $10 for students and children. Save 10% off individual tickets prices with a Season Subscription. Save 5% off individual ticket prices with a Trio Pass.

“I am delighted with the eclectic and inspiring lineup of performances and guest artists for Season 12! We’ll be celebrating South Carolina jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie with the great Jon Faddis, recreating the iconic album “Ellington at Newport,” exploring Latin rhythms with Nestor Torres, bringing back the popular Jazz on the Screen show, and of course capping the season off with Holiday Swing. I’m perhaps most excited about our collaboration with the Lowcountry Voices, directed by Nate Nelson, where we will be creating a completely new show celebrating the incredible Gullah musical traditions. I remain incredibly grateful for the community which supports such artistic ambitions; Charleston is the envy of the country for a reason!        – Music Director, Robert Lewis

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