Jazz Jam celebrates top jazz talents

  • Thursday, November 7, 2013

Charleston Jazz Club founder, Dennis Fassuliotis, Jason Craig, owner/manager The Grill and Island Bar and Starr Acheson creator of the popular Jazz on the Edge series announce the fourth annual Charleston Jazz Jam. This event will be held, at the Edge of America at The Grill and Island Bar at 41 Center St. on Folly Beach. The Fourth Annual Charleston Jazz Jam – Jazz on the Edge will conclude a weekend of jazz that crisscrosses Charleston County. The weekend event will bring together jazz artists from 5 to 9 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 10.

The Charleston Jazz Jam has showcased dozens of the best Jazz talents in the area in its last three years in an unscripted, unrehearsed music event. Jazz lovers are guaranteed a core rhythm section with Starr Acheson as this year’s hostess, Roman Pekar on bass, Marcus Helander percussion and BMI Award winner Patience Clements on keyboard to anchor the Fourth Annual Charleston Jazz Jam.

Come join the group on Nov. 10 for the Fourth Annual Charleston Jazz Jam. The vocalist hostess will welcome other vocalists like Ann Caldwell, Big George Collier, Bobbie Storm and the multi talented big band leader Joe Clarke. Brazilian Jazz guitarist, Duda Lucena returns for a second year setting the stage for a set to include his own sensual and distinctive Latin style. Many of Charleston’s best known veteran musicians including George Kenney, Oscar Rivers and Steve Simon are just the beginning of the line up for this annual jazz spectacular.

The Fourth Annual Charleston Jazz Jam - Jazz on the Edge culminates jazz events throughout the area the second weekend of November. “One of our goals,” according to Charleston Jazz Club founder and event coordinator, Dennis Fassuliotis, “is to bring together artists. Last year we moved the Charleston Jazz Jam back to its original outdoor venue at Awendaw Green but we got rained out. After a terrific event later in December, we realized we had to stay indoors if we were going to position this event in a unique timeslot to make it the culmination of all the different jazz events in the Lowcountry. The week leading up to the event has so much happening in the Charleston area. “Headliner, Earl Klugh will be at Kiawah Island, There are jazz events all around the Charleston area,” says Fassuliotis, “But this event is the opportunity to bring all these various artists together. We never know who may show up.”

“My favorite story,” says Fassuliotis, “is the first year, at the end of the night, a young lady showed up and asked me if she could sing. I said I don’t know if you can, but if you know the music your welcome to join us. That is how I met Elise Testone. She closed the show and brought the house down.”

The Charleston Jazz Club (www.facebook.com/chasjazzclub) was founded in 2009 by local businessman Dennis Fassuliotis, to promote jazz in the Charleston area and bring musicians and jazz enthusiasts together for the first time using a social networking site and considers itself the only virtual jazz club in the world. “Where we go, the music follows,” says Fassuliotis.

The Grill will be serving a full menu and all concessions will be available. There is no admission fee, but donations and contributions will happily be accepted.

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