“As Charleston’s population has ballooned since the early 2000s, it stands to reason that the number of first-rate musicians has increased as well. Some locals might see this as a concern — too much talent vying for a limited number of gigs. Well, it’s not the case within Charleston’s jazz community and it’s certainly not the case for trumpeter Charlton Singleton. “That makes it a healthier scene,” he says. “The more people the merrier.”
Yes, Charleston has become a destination for more than just tourists. It’s now a destination for renowned musicians who have read or heard or experienced first-hand that, “If you do it right and plan on working on it,” says Singleton, “you can make a good living here.” It doesn’t hurt that there’s a thriving jazz community willing to embrace you.
The Charleston Jazz Orchestra is a pillar of that community. Since being founded in 2008, it has consistently grown in popularity and stature. Its latest offering is a concert at the Charleston Music Hall on Saturday, Oct. 22 that features jazz music from famous films and television shows. Jazz on the Screen II not only brings swing, bop and bossa to a diverse audience, but it’s a perfect example of the collaborative and cooperative nature of the Holy City’s jazz community.“