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Published on May 8th, 2014 | by Ballard Lesemann


The Jazz Artists of Charleston Partner with Piccolo Spoleto

Every May and June, the Jazz Artists of Charleston (JAC) presents a string of shows with lineups of top-notch musicians as part of their annual JAC Jazz Series.

Over the last few years, the independent showcase has taken place at the cozy Father Figaro Hall on Upper King Street, coinciding with the Spoleto Festival and Piccolo Spoleto Festival seasons. This year, the 7th annual JAC Jazz Series will be presented as part of Piccolo Spoleto in three big shows at the Charleston Music Hall and one special gig at Kiawah Island.

The full-sized Charleston Jazz Orchestra (“Charleston’s own resident big band”) and the smaller CJO Chamber Ensemble are set for in three special events at the elegant Charleston Music Hall — their usual headquarters on John Street.

JAC CJO Piccolo

On Wed. May 28, acclaimed vocalist and JAC president Leah Suárez and guests will perform a Latin-tinged Piccolo Spoleto set at the River Course Clubhouse on Kiawah Island (10 River Course Lane) at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10.

The JAC will present the CJO Chamber Ensemble at the Charleston Music Hall on Fri. May 30 as they perform a program titled East of Ellington, featuring the work of composer/pianist Duke Ellington. It’s the CJO Chamber Ensemble’s official debut at the hall. Doors will open at 7 p.m..Tickets are available for $25 ($11 for students).

The Charleston Jazz Orchestra will perform a program of Count Basie standards and faves on Sat. May 31 during two separate shows at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Swing! Swing! Swing!: Basie Edition will highlight many of the CJO horn and rhythm section players. Tickets are available for $40, $30, and $11 (for students).

On Sun. June 1, the Charleston Jazz Orchestra will return to the stage with Jazz for the Family, an upbeat set of classic selections and kid-friendly swing numbers. General admission is $15 (it’s free for children under 12).

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Top photo by Mariana Veloso Slater, courtesy of the JAC.



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About the Author

Ballard Lesemann

is a musician and writer. Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., he spent years playing in bands and working for Flagpole Magazine in the bustling music town of Athens, Ga. He returned to his hometown and served more than seven years as the Charleston City Paper's music editor. He's better at drumming than he is at playing guitar.

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