Charleston Jazz Festival showcases a range of local, national and international musicians in celebration of the rich culture of jazz music. | Photo Provided 

Charleston Jazz Festival is back in usual fashion to showcase a range of local, national and international musicians in celebration of the rich culture of jazz music.  

This year’s four-day festival kicks off April 21 with “Lowcountry Jazz Day,” which is jam packed with four ticketed events, including Grace McNally & The Plantation Singers at 8:30 p.m. at Forte Jazz Lounge. 

“Each musician in this project — and there’s a lot of us — are bringing something different to the table,” local guitarist Grace McNally told City Paper. Joining McNally alongside the Lowcountry gospel acapella group, Plantation Singers, will be percussionist Gino Castillo, keyboardist Jonathan Lovett and bassist Tim Khayat.

 “I come from a classical background and switched gears into jazz post-college,” McNally said. “Gino Castillo plays Cuban and Latin styles, and Jonathan Lovett and Tim Khayat come from a jazz background. The Plantation Singers have been around in Charleston for 25 years. Everyone is combining what they do and creating something totally new.”

“Lowcountry Jazz Day” at Forte Jazz Lounge will also feature performances from Edwin G. Hamilton Quartet at 5:30 p.m, Marcus Amaker and Ron Wiltrout at 7 p.m. and Abdiel Iriarte Experiment at 10 p.m.

April 22 and 23 will have performances from festival headliners Emmet Cohen Trio, Jorge Luis Pacheco Quartet, Kandace Springs and Etienne Charles & Creole Soul. 

April 24 is “Family Jazz Day,” with performances featuring groups from Charleston Jazz Academy, College of Charleston, Wando High School, Charleston County School of the Arts, Charleston Southern University and more.

Visit Charleston Jazz for tickets and details.

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