For Immediate Release

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Warm Nights, Cool Jazz: Charleston and Its Jazz

with College of Charleston Arts Management professor Karen Chandler and members of the Charleston Jazz Initiative

(Charleston, SC) As part of the Art with a Twist programming series, the Gibbes Museum of Art presents Warm Nights, Cool Jazz: Charleston and Its Jazz with College of Charleston Arts Management professor Karen Chandler and members of the Charleston Jazz Initiative. On April 11, Chandler will share her knowledge about Charleston’s Twentieth Century jazz musicians followed by a performance by the Charleston Jazz Initiative.

Warm Nights, Cool Jazz will highlight the many jazz musicians who are native to South Carolina or who were trained with the famed Jenkins Orphanage Bands. Chandler says, “Many had impressive careers on the bandstands of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and many other big band leaders of the 1920s – 1950s. Through photographs, video clips, and live jazz by the Charleston Jazz Initiative Legends Ensemble, the presentation will show how these musicians contributed to the development and spread of jazz in the United States and around the world. Their stories are little known but their contributions to American jazz are profound.”

The Ensemble will feature Charleston musicians including:
Lonnie Hamilton, III (saxophone), is a legendary jazz figure in Charleston and performed with the Jenkins Orphanage Bands.
Oscar Rivers (piano) who played with such jazz greats as Sonny Stitt in Chicago.
George Kenny (tenor saxohpone), a former music educator and legendary jazz musician in Charleston.
John Tecklenburg (bandleader and piano), whose great uncle and Charlestonian, Joseph “Fud” Livingston was a prolific songwriter and arranger of jazz tunes with many of the big bands of the 1920s and 1930s.
Ann Caldwell (vocalist), one of Charleston’s great women in jazz.

The Charleston Jazz Initiative has compiled more than 50 oral histories concerning the city\'s jazz heritage, and archived photos and manuscripts relating to the city\'s most important musicians.

Thursday, April 11 at 6pm at the Gibbes
$20 Members, $30 Non-Members (reception to follow)
For details and to purchase tickets please visit or call 843.722.2706 ext. 21.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. 

Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works of fine art, principally American works with a Charleston or Southern connection and presents special exhibitions annually. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives.

As the aesthetic heart of the Lowcountry, the Gibbes serves the community by stimulating creative expression, increasing economic vitality through tourism, and improving the region’s superb quality of life.

TUESDAY - SATURDAY: 10 A.M. - 5 P.M., SUNDAY: 1 P.M. - 5 P.M.


135 Meeting Street * Charleston, SC * 29401