CJO: Big Band Legacy – Evolution of the Jazz Orchestra March 27

Join your Charleston Jazz Orchestra for a live performance as they present a musical timeline of the Big Band Legacy: Evolution of the Jazz Orchestra.

Charleston Music Hall
March 27, 2021
Two sets: 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Click here for tickets and more information.

Or enjoy the show virtually from the comfort of your home! Featuring members of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, this performance will be available On Demand two weeks after the Charleston Music Hall performance date. This performance will be filmed live and professionally produced for your enjoyment. A link to the performance will be sent to you on April 10, 2021. Click here for ticket information.

Developing in tandem with the growing dance craze, the Jazz Orchestra (aka Big Band) took shape during the 1920s with early innovators such as Paul Whiteman and Fletcher Henderson, who merged jazz’s rhythmic and instrumental characteristics with the scale and structures of an orchestra. Big Bands then ushered in the swing era in the early 1930s with Duke Ellington and continued its legacy with Count Basie, Mary Lou Williams, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Maria Schneider, Gordon Goodwin, and more, each playing a significant role in the development, innovation and popularization of orchestral jazz. The rest is history! 

-Submitted by Charleston Jazz Orchestra

(Image credit: charlestonjazz.org)

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