Charleston Jazz Orchestra Presents Holiday Swing: A Charleston Jazz Tradition

12.12.15

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2015 | CHARLESTON GAILLARD CENTER

CHARLESTON, SC December 4, 2015 – Jazz Artists of Charleston (JAC) concludes the Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) Season 7 with the Special Event: HOLIDAY SWING: A Charleston Jazz Tradition on Saturday, December 12 at 8 p.m. for its debut performance at the Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun Street. Music Director Charlton Singleton will lead the Charleston Jazz Orchestra with featured guest vocalist Quiana Parler, adding jazz to the holiday cheer with big band arrangements of holiday favorites and a few favorites from 2015 CJO Season 7.

Music Director, Charlton Singleton was recently named as the first Artist in Residence at the Gaillard. “I am thrilled to be leading the Charleston Jazz Orchestra in its first performance at the Gaillard. Our holiday concert is always a fan favorite that gets everyone into the holiday spirit.”

Featured guest vocalist, Quiana Parler, a native of Charleston, South Carolina, will join the CJO in its mission to jazz up the holidays with big band favorites. Ms. Parler began her professional career singing for Calvin Gilmore of the Carolina Opry. In 2003, she placed in the Top 48 of season two of the Fox Television hit, American Idol, and has toured with vocalist Clay Aiken. Over the years, she has shared the stage with a diverse array of national artists ranging from Keith Sweat to Kelly Clarkson and can be heard on albums by Clay Aiken, Bianca Ryan and Renee Olstead. She has performed on Saturday Night Live, The View, NBC’s Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, Tyra and numerous other national television programs.

Tickets for HOLIDAY SWING are now on sale. The performance schedule includes one set at 8 p.m. HOLIDAY SWING will be performed at the Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun Street. Tickets range from $20 – $65.

The Charleston Jazz Orchestra is produced and presented by Jazz Artists of Charleston (JAC), a South Carolina-based nonprofit organization incorporated to foster a professional environment for jazz musicians, artists, students and enthusiasts in the Charleston area. Its mission is to develop, promote, and support a vibrant and creative jazz culture through concerts, special outreach events, and educational programs. JAC endeavors to preserve and bolster Charleston’s rich musical history and legacy as it explores the various realms of jazz in terms of how it is created as well as its stylistic expressions.

For more information visit http://www.charlestonjazz.com. To schedule an interview or media appearance, or for hi-resolution images, please contact marybeth@charlestonjazz.com, or call 937-750-2997.

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Charleston Jazz Orchestra Presents PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Fan Favorites from YOUR CJO

11.03.15

The Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO), Charleston’s own resident big band, presents PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Fan Favorites from YOUR CJO for the sixth and final regular season show of Season 7 on Saturday, November 21 at the Charleston Music Hall. The Charleston Jazz Orchestra, led by Music Director Charlton Singleton, will present a performance of GREATEST HITS – LIVE from the bandstand at CJO’s House of Swing, performing from a special song list chosen by CJO’s loyal patrons. This concert reflects back over the all time favorites from the past six and a half years of fantastic performances such as CJO’s Countin’ on Basie (2009), Swing! Swing! Swing! (2010), The Music of Miles Davis (2011), Symphonic Swing (2012), Porgy & Bess Reimagined (2013), Buena Vista (2014) and more.

Jazz Artists of Charleston (JAC) concludes the Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) Season 7 with the Special Event: HOLIDAY SWING: A Charleston Jazz Tradition on Saturday, December 12 at 8 p.m. for its debut performance at the new Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun Street. HOLIDAY SWING will feature big band arrangements of holiday favorites. Add jazz to your holiday cheer with the Charleston Jazz Tradition!

The Charleston Jazz Orchestra is a twenty-piece big band comprised of many of Charleston’s finest musicians who play locally and around the globe. The orchestra debuted in March 2008 and has been electrifying audiences ever since. CJO performs all forms of jazz, and its repertoire includes blues, swing, AfroCuban, pop, progressive, Latin, jazz standards, ballads, and sacred.

Tickets for PEOPLE’S CHOICE are now on sale. The performance schedule includes two sets: 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Each set is a separate, 90-minute ticketed event with no intermission. All shows are performed at the band’s House of Swing, the Charleston Music Hall at 37 John Street. Adult tickets are priced at $35-$45, and senior tickets at $30-$40. College student tickets are priced at $10. Tickets for children age 7 to 18 are priced at $10 with purchase of regular price ticket. Children 6 and under have free admission with the purchase of a regular price ticket.

The Charleston Jazz Orchestra is produced and presented by Jazz Artists of Charleston (JAC), a South Carolina-based nonprofit organization incorporated to foster a professional environment for jazz musicians, artists, students and enthusiasts in the Charleston area. Its mission is to develop, promote, and support a vibrant and creative jazz culture through concerts, special outreach events, and educational programs. JAC endeavors to preserve and bolster Charleston’s rich musical history and legacy as it explores the various realms of jazz in terms of how it is created as well as its stylistic expressions.

For more information visit http://www.charlestonjazz.com. To schedule an interview or media appearance, or for hi-resolution images, please contact marybeth@charlestonjazz.com, or call 937-750-2997.

Monk, No Chaser: The Latin Side of Thelonious Monk

09.19.15

Charleston Jazz Orchestra, Charleston’s own resident big band’s Season 7 continues Saturday,
September 19, 2015, presenting MONK, NO CHASER: The Latin Side of Thelonious Monk, CJO’s annual Latin Night
performance. CJO performs at the band’s House of Swing, the Charleston Music Hall, Downtown Charleston at 37 John
Street. Two sets will be performed, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., with no intermission. Adult tickets $35-$45. Senior tickets $30-$40.
Seniors qualify at 65 years old. Student tickets $10. No refunds or exchanges. On-site box office sales the day of the show
begin at 12 p.m. at the Charleston Music Hall. Tickets available online at charlestonjazz.com, by telephone 843.641.0011,
and in person at the Charleston Jazz House, 93 Spring Street, Suite A, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Charleston’s resident big band continues its seventh season, returning this fall with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra’s muchanticipated
Latin Night on Saturday, September 19. Music Director and Conductor, Maestro Charlton Singleton, will lead
the Charleston Jazz Orchestra in an inventive program, combining the unique, improvisational style of jazz legend
Thelonious Monk with the Afro-Latin rhythmic touches of Latin Jazz. With MONK, NO CHASER: The Latin Side of
Thelonious Monk, the Charleston Jazz Orchestra will explore a variety of Latin jazz styles, premiering spicier arrangements
from members of the Charleston jazz community of Monk’s most notable contributions to the standard jazz repertoire,
including “’Round Midnight” (Arr. Jack Pettit), “Ruby, My Dear” (Arr. Robert Lewis), “Straight, No Chaser” (Arr. Charlton
Singleton), “In Walked Bud” (Arr. Jon Phillips), and more.

The Charleston Jazz Orchestra’s Season 7 continues with LATIN NIGHT: MONK, NO CHASER – The Latin Side of
Thelonious Monk on September 19, HELLO POPS! A Tribute to Louis Armstrong on October 24, featuring special
guest artist Wycliffe Gordon, and new to this year, an additional season performance in November, PEOPLE’S CHOICE Fan
Favorites From Your Charleston Jazz Orchestra on November 21. Special event Holiday Swing: A Charleston Jazz
Tradition will be held December 12, 2015, 8 p.m., at the new Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Programming and venue
subject to change.

CJO is produced and presented by Jazz Artists of Charleston (JAC), 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 City of Charleston
through performances, special events and educational outreach. Given Charleston’s place in the history of jazz, America’s
most original art form and its most significant cultural export over the last 100 years, the Charleston Jazz Orchestra
represents the continuation of a musical tradition begun about a century and a half ago in coastal South Carolina.

For more information visit www.charlestonjazz.com. To schedule interview or media appearance, or for hi-resolution
images for CJO or any other JAC event, please contact Jazz Artists of Charleston at jazz@charlestonjazz.com, or call
843.641.0011.