If last week’s fiery performance of big band favorites by the Charleston Jazz Orchestra at the Charleston Music Hall (37 John St.) is any indication, the rest of the concerts planned for this year’s series should be bangin’. Led by conductor and trumpeter Charlton Singleton, the CJO and its main supporter, the Jazz Artists of Charleston, have worked to establish itself as a full-sized orchestra comprised of "the creme de la creme of S.C. musicians." Local jazz fans are definitely catching on.

The CJO’s Swing! Swing! Swing! program on Jan. 30 drew the largest attendance yet, and featured dynamic selection of standards. Trumpeter Chuck Dalton and sax player Mark Sterbank provided some of the most brilliant solos of the concert.

The next performance, Singin’ on Basie, takes place on Sat. March 27. The band will handle a variety of performs the swingin’ hits by the Count Basie Orchestra. Tickets are available for $30 (adv./adult), $25 (adv./seniors), $20 (adv./students). Specially-priced season passes are available for the upcoming 2010 concerts. Discounted individual advance tickets are available, too.

See thejac.org for more.

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