When: Thu., April 11, 6 p.m. 2013
South Carolina’s got a pretty good track record when it comes to turning out jazz superstars. There’s Dizzy Gillespie, trumpeter and bandleader; Freddie Green, who played guitar with the Count Basie Orchestra; Cat Anderson of the Duke Ellington Band; and way too many more to list. That’s not even counting contemporary local greats like Quentin Baxter and Charlton Singleton. College of Charleston Professor Karen Chandler is partnering with the Charleston Jazz Initiative to give the city’s jazz history its due with Warm Nights Cool Jazz. “The stories of these musicians are not widely known, but their contributions to American jazz are profound,” Chandler says. Chandler will lead the discussion, which will be preceded and followed by live jazz by the Charleston Jazz Initiative Legends Ensemble. Performers will include favorite Charleston jazz musicians Lonnie Hamilton III on the saxophone, George Kenny playing the tenor saxophone, bandleader and piano player John Tecklenburg, and vocalist Ann Caldwell. Tickets are available now on the museum’s website.
Price: $20/museum members, $30/Non-members