The busy Jazz Artists of Charleston organization (the JAC) seems to gain momentum with every step. In May, the JAC produced a terrific 13-night showcase of local jazz, soul, and improvisational music called “Upstairs at Mistral” at Mistral Restaurant in the Market. The independent series took place during the Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto series, and drew great crowds of locals and visitors.

This fall, the JAC’s Charleston Jazz Orchestra heads into a zesty fall season that kicks off with a Latin-themed evening of standards and surprises (featuring special guests). “Latin Night” with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra is set for Fri. Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Charleston Music Hall. Tickets are available for $30 (adv.) and $15 (for college students). Visit or call the box office at (843) 853-2252 for more info.