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Modern Jazz in Charleston: 1950-2000

Saturday, June 6, 2009 – 12:00-3:00 pm

Hot Jazz…Hot Charleston! 

CJI’s 4th Annual Return to the Source event explored the social and musical perspectives of Charleston’s contemporary jazz scene with two events.

JAZZ!  Art Quilts in Performance

Juke boxes, disc jockeys and live artists were woven like threads in Harlem and Charleston nightclubs.  Renowned quilter, educator and jazz advocate, Dr. Marlene O’Bryant-Seabrook, presented her quilts to celebrate this cultural heyday of art, music and craft in an exhibition and artist talk.  The quilts are featured in a documentary catalog by the Charleston Jazz Initiative and may be purchased at the Avery Research Center Gift Shop.

Conversations in Jazz

CJI’s niche program, Conversations in Jazz, featured jazz producer, columnist, author and CJI’s co-principal Jack McCray with those who experienced Charleston’s rollicking Golden Age of Jazz.  On stage were musician Calvin “Piano Calvin” Alston; community historian Walter Rhett; former broadcasters Theron Snype and Philip LaRoche ; former club owner Ernest Pinckney; and musician-educator George Kenny.  Playing bebop at the gig was Charleston drummer and CJI music director Quentin Baxter and his ensemble.

Saturday, June 6, 2009 – 12:00-3:00 pm
Avery Research Center, 125 Bull Street
College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
Free and Open to the Public
For more information:  (843) 953-5474 or (843) 953-7609

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