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Jack McCray Tribute Event

When: Sun., Oct. 7, 3 p.m. 2012

Charleston lost a good man last year. Jack McCray, a longtime journalist with The Post and Courier and jazz impresario, left a deep hole in Charleston’s jazz scene when he passed away last November. Now the organization he helped found, Jazz Artists of Charleston (JAC), is honoring him with a tribute concert featuring the Charleston Jazz Orchestra and internationally renowned vocalist René Marie. “This event is really a gift for the community, in celebration of Jack McCray’s life,” says McCray’s close friend and JAC Executive Director Leah Suárez. “He was a visionary pioneer and a teacher for us all.” She and the JAC are pulling out all the stops for this show, offering both cabaret-style and traditional seating, a cash bar (open bar for tickets $100 and up), and two sets of swingin’, big band jazz. “If you didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Jack before he left this world, you will certainly leave this event having the honor of knowing the legacy he leaves,” Suárez says. Speaking of legacy, the JAC has established the Jack McCray Memorial Fund to help continue the work that McCray was so passionate about. They’ll be accepting donations at the concert, and online and by mail through Dec. 31.

Elizabeth Pandolfi

Price: $25-$250

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