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Charleston Jazz Orchestra Season 13 Opens with “Big Band Legacy”



By: Charleston Jazz

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!

Join your Charleston Jazz Orchestra as we present a musical timeline of the “Big Band Legacy: Evolution of the Jazz Orchestra.”

“The CJO is one of the rare bands that can authentically perform the full spectrum of the big band repertoire,” Robert Lewis, CJO Music Director said. “In this show, we will trace the evolution of the big band from its Swing Era roots, through bebop, jazz/rock fusion, all the way to the modern era. Along the way we will feature music recorded by Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Dizzy Gillespie, Bob Mintzer, and several other important bands. It is exciting to have a chance to spotlight this versatility all in one show!”

Tickets are on sale now at or call the Charleston Jazz box office at 843-641-0011. Senior (65+) | Military | Student Rates Available.

Robert Lewis – Music Director + Alto Saxophone
Mark Sterbank – Tenor Saxophone
Jonathan Kammer – Baritone Saxophone
Chuck Dalton – Trumpet
Cameron Handel – Trumpet
Ken Foberg – Trombone
Gerald Gregory – Piano
Kevin Hamilton – Bass
Ron Wiltrout – Drums
Robbie Madison – Guest Vocalist

Hotter Than ‘Ell – Fletcher and Horace Henderson, adapted by Robert Lewis
Moten Swing – Buster and Benny Moten, arr. by Ernie Wilkins, adapted by Robert Lewis
Every Day (I Have The Blues) – Memphis Slim, arr. by Ernie Wilkins, adapted by Robert Lewis
Skylark – Carmichael/Mercer, arr. Glenn Miller, adapted by Kevin Patton
Sing, Sing, Sing – Louis Prima, arr. Jeff Hest, adapted by Kevin Patton
Things To Come – Dizzy Gillespie, arr. Gil Fuller, adapted by Frank Duvall
Ad Lib On Nippon (Far East Suite IX) – Duke Ellington, adapted by Robert Lewis
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy – Josef Zawinul, arr. Phil Wilson, adapted by Frank Duvall
I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Cole Porter, arr. Nelson Riddle, adapted by Robert Lewis
You Make Me Feel So Young – Myrow/Gordon, arr. Quincy Jones, adapted by Kevin Patton
Joshua – Miles Davis/Victor Feldman, arr. Bob Mintzer, adapted by Robert Lewis

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