The JAC shines the spotlight on Mark Sterbank and friends

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Mark Sterbank on the sax
  • Daniel Grummer
  • Mark Sterbank on the sax

The Jazz Artists of Charleston present the annual Holy City Homecomin' this evening (Tues. June 1) as part of its ongoing Upstairs at McCrady's series at McCrady's (2 Unity Alley). Already in this its third year, the two shows scheduled for 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. will highlight a program of hymns and spirituals arranged by local jazz musician Mark Sterbank.

The Mark Sterbank Jazz Group will feature five talented Carolina natives: trombonist Fred Wesley (formerly of James Brown's bands, currently collaborating with the modern klezmer group Abraham Inc.), trumpeter Charlton Singleton, pianist Tommy Gill, bassist Herman Burney Jr., and drummer Quentin Baxter. Most of these players have performed with the JAC's Charleston Jazz Orchestra over the lst two years.

"Sterbank's robust sound is known and loved all around," boasts a listing from the JAC. "All these players swing like an open gate in a Charleston hurricane. Individually and collectively, they come from a blues aesthetic that lends itself completely to the ensemble's modern interpretations of sacred music. This group literally puts the holy in Holy City."

Sterbank is assistant professor of jazz studies and saxophone instructor at Charleston Southern University. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and Master of Music degree from the University of New Orleans. He performs locally with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, the Quentin Baxter Ensemble, the Tommy Gill Ensemble, the Charlton Singleton Quintet, and others.

Admission is $30.

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