Our Director of Education and Outreach, David Carter, visits many schools throughout Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties. Since 2017, he has reached over 5,000 students with a variety of exciting jazz experiences. Reach out to us if you would like to schedule David for teacher professional development sessions or outreach experiences in your classroom.
Jazz Day for Kids
Each November, we bring together students from local elementary and middle schools from all over the Charleston area to enjoy a performance by the Charleston Jazz Orchestra. Exposing kids to live jazz at an early age is instrumental. To learn more about Jazz Day for kids, click the link below.
Jazz in the Joint
In October 2016, Charleston Jazz organized its first group of musicians including Mayor John Tecklenburg and Charlton Singleton to visit the Lieber Correctional Institute for our inaugural Jazz in the Joint program. The program continues in 2018 as Steve Simon, Oscar Rivers, Jr., LeRoy Smalls, Roman Pekar, Markie Morant, and Chanel Ravenel visit the Perry Correctional Institution in Pelzer, SC in June and August. The two-hour concert includes 10 inmates joining on different numbers. More than 250 inmates and staff enjoy the 2018 performances each visit.
Jazz Pass Program
Through our Jazz Pass program, we provide free tickets to Charleston Jazz Orchestra performances throughout the year! Students (6th-12th grade) throughout the Lowcountry are selected by their school music teachers based on various criteria (such as perfect attendance, most improved, best attitude, etc.) to attend a live concert performance of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra with their parents.To date, we have given given out nearly 500 passes. If you are a music teacher, contact us to join the Jazz Pass program!
The Melodica Project
In collaboration with the North Charleston elementary school we are launching a twice a week after school music education program for children who would otherwise not have access to music training. This much-needed training will continue for nine weeks and is supported by a grant from the SC Arts Commission.
Family Jazz Day
Family Day is a special part of the annual Charleston Jazz Festival and features a concert by the Charleston All-Star Youth Jazz Orchestra, School of the Arts (SOA) Jazz Band, and a performance comprised of local area jazz educators. Over the past three years, over 1,500 adults and children have attended Family Day at the Sottile Theatre which includes FREE admission for all students.
Charleston Jazz High School
For the past three years, Charleston Jazz has worked with area high school Music Directors to select the most talented youth artists for the Charleston Jazz High School All-Stars. These up and coming jazz artists (from grades 9 – 12) are featured in a big band performance during Family Day at the annual Charleston Jazz Festival.