[image-1]Jazz lovers, great news: there are two Piccolo Spoleto jazz events tonight and more jazz events around town on their way. After the festival ends, Charleston Jazz Orchestra and the Gibbes Museum will host a new live music series to get you through the slow summer months. Here’s a sneak peek:

The In-Between with Marcus Amaker, June 5 from 6-7:30 p.m.

As Charleston poet laureate Marcus Amaker told us, poetry and jazz go together like family. This show explores the musical space between classical and jazz with soprano vocalist Jill Terhaar Lewis, saxophonist Robert Lewis and pianist Gerald Gregory performing alongside a set of Amaker’s poems about the city and rhythm.

Body and Soul: An American Bridge, June 5 from 6-7:30 p.m.

This entry in the World of Jewish Culture film series traces the early history of “Body and Soul,” the most-recorded jazz standard. This film traces the interactions and conflicts between African American and Jewish American musicians won Best Music Documentary at the San Francisco Black Film Festival last year.

Jazzin’ Up the Library, Thurs. June 8 at 9:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 12:15 p.m.

Students of the Charleston Jazz Academy present a half-hour concert highlighting the rhythms, culture and history of jazz in Charleston with their new director David Carter. The ensemble will perform three times throughout the day.

The Art of Jazz: The Duda Lucena Trio, Wed. June 14 from 6-7 p.m.

Whether you’re a long-time fan of jazz or you just got hooked, you can keep enjoying live music throughout the summer with the Art of Jazz series, a collaboration between Charleston Jazz and the Gibbes Museum of Art. Every month, a new local jazz trio will play at the Gibbes, performing original music inspired by works on display there.
The series begins on June 14 at 6 p.m. with the Duda Lucena trio, featuring vocalist and guitarist Lucena, bassist Kevin Hamilton and drummer Kevin Wiltrout. Lucena’s pieces draw inspiration from the watercolor paintings of Mark Catesby, the first naturalist to study and record the coastal wildlife of South Carolina. Museum guests will have an intimate, relaxing night of listening to music and viewing these eighteenth century paintings.

“We wanted to have something that people could go listen to and enjoy instead of sitting in traffic right after work,” says Charleston Jazz executive director Mary Beth Natarajan. Taking a cue from other cities and from Charleston’s own arts scene, Natarajan reached out to the Gibbes Museum’s executive staff last fall.

Tickets are $20 ($15 for Gibbes members and $10 for students and faculty), which includes both the performance and entrance to all of the museum’s exhibits.

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