Some great local jazz musicians are set to perform the Jazz for Jenkins benefit show at the scenic Magnolia Plantation and Gardens on Sat. Nov. 14. The gig aims to raise funds and awareness for the historic Jenkins Institute for Children (located in North Charleston at 3923 Azalea Drive).
The old Jenkins Orphanage was founded in 1891 on upper Meeting Street (and later moved to Franklin Street). During the early era of jazz, the dedicated music programs and big bands at the Jenkins Orphanage produced more than a few influential musicians.
Local writer Jack McCray, a columnist at The Post and Courier, digs deep into the musical history of the Jenkins Orphanage in his 2007 book, Charleston Jazz (Arcadia).
Saturday's concert features an open bar, hors d'oeuvres from Carolinas, and live music from drummer Quentin Baxter's septet and vocalist Ann Caldwell's band LooseFitt. Presented by First Federal Bank and Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.