The Charleston Jazz Orchestra announces season 14
The Charleston Jazz Orchestra will launch season 14 in February 2022 with singer / saxophonist Camille Thurman, a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in New York. Thurman will also be leading master classes at the Charleston Jazz Academy working with youth combos, CJO Executive Director Tatjana Beylotte said.
This March will see the big band’s classic performance, “The ‘Suite’ Sounds of Ellington,” which will feature two of the legendary pianist’s famous works, The New Orleans and Far East Suites.
In May, the tribute to Chick Corea will take place, a collaboration including local pianists Gerald Gregory, Abdiel Iriarte, Demetrius Doctor and Arshak Sirunyan, who will perform their own arrangements of Corea’s original songs.
In September, it’s the Cuban Carnival with local percussionist Gino Castillo, who will collaborate with musicians based in Cuba for the performance.
Later in the season in October, trumpeter Sean Jones will also follow his Miles Davis tribute show with a CJA apprenticeship program. And of course, CJO will go all out for their Holiday Swing performance in December. All Season 14 performances will be available virtually.
The 16-piece orchestra led by maestro Robert Lewis has just welcomed two new musicians, saxophonist Lauren Meccia and trombonist John Yeager.
Beylotte considers it an important step to have two musicians in the orchestra, now that Meccia is joining longtime member, trumpeter Cameron Handel. “Jazz in general is dominated by men.” she said. “It’s common for jazz groups to have female singers, but it’s unusual to see female instrumentalists. ”
Throughout the many challenges brought on by the pandemic, Charleston Jazz has imposed its mission of keeping jazz music alive in the city, Beylotte said. “We try to do whatever we can to support our musicians in the community. “