Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Over the years, the public has enjoyed rock and roll, Christian groups and a variety of music at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
Now, the RiverDogs are partnering with the Jazz Artists of Charleston to present the first-ever Jazz Night at The Joe during the Charleston-Kannapolis baseball game on Friday, April 26 at The Joe.
JAC’s Swingin’ BANDits will perform the national anthem prior to the regularly-scheduled South Atlantic League game and will also provide more entertainment throughout the game.
The folklore behind baseball and jazz share a common starting place in Charleston. Legend attributes the birth of baseball to Fort Sumter’s Abner Doubleday, who reportedly fashioned home plate in the shape of the fort he defended during the Civil War. Though it is often overlooked in the retelling of history, Charleston became one of the earliest sites of jazz with the founding of the Jenkins Orphanage Band in the late 1800s. South Carolina is also the birthplace of some of baseball and the music’s most renowned participants that include Hall of Famer Larry Doby, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and Dizzy Gillespie.
“Larry Doby is adored here at The Joe,” said RiverDogs President Mike Veeck. “The two things he loved most were baseball and jazz.”
Previously, the RiverDogs honored Doby’s No. 14 jersey with it emblazoned on the centerfield wall.
JAC’s Swingin’ BANDits is a versatile ensemble of Charleston jazz musicians led by JAC’s Artistic Director and Charleston Jazz Orchestra conductor Charlton Singleton.
Jazz Artists of Charleston (JAC), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote musical awareness and education, including the recognition and preservation of the history of jazz in the City of Charleston through performances, special events and educational outreach. The orchestra is an entertaining, educational and a stellar exemplar of the rich history and legacy of jazz in Charleston. Given Charleston’s place in the history of jazz, America’s most original art form and its most significant cultural export over the last 100 years, the Charleston Jazz Orchestra represents the continuation of a musical tradition begun about a century and a half ago in coastal South Carolina.
For more information and to purchase tickets, contact the RiverDogs Box Office at 843//577-DOGS (3647) or visit www.riverdogs.com.