Closing the Gap in Health Care and Charleston Gaillard Center present

Lowcountry Jazz Festival 2023: Day 1

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About the Show

Under the artistic direction of producer Tony Clarke, in collaboration with the Gaillard Center’s artistic team, the festival returns with a stellar lineup of award-winning jazz singers and musicians Dave Koz & Friends, Gregory Porter, Avery*Sunshine, and Jonathan Butler

This year, the finest smooth jazz combined with bluesy soul will create a relevant sound that resonates with the region’s discerning music audiences young and old.  Charleston, South Carolina played an important role in the early development of jazz. It was a thriving center of African American music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and was home to many of the first jazz musicians and bands. The city was also a major port, which helped to spread jazz music to other parts of the country and the world.  The weekend celebrates these genres in the heart of downtown Charleston, allowing attendees to experience this vibrant cultural city with a fitting soundtrack. 

The Festival is welcoming back the soulful sounds of jazz legend Dave Koz, the renowned saxophonist who delivers an unforgettable performance every time he takes the stage, and adding headliner GRAMMY award-winning artist Gregory Porter, whose cross-pollinated brand combines jazz, soul, and gospel. Inspirational singer-songwriter and guitarist Jonathan Butler and vibrant, soulful singer, pianist, and composer Avery*Sunshine will open. 

The Gaillard is cementing its role as a leading non-profit performing arts center in the Southeast dedicated to commissioning and presenting ambitious cultural programming and popular performances that engage audiences, foster community, and prompt essential dialogue. Central to this is the Labor Day weekend, which sees the Lowcountry Jazz Festival take over the building.

In addition to annually bringing together jazz fans from across the Southeast, the Festival is the primary fundraiser for Closing the Gap in Health Care, Inc. 

DAY 1
Saturday, September 2

Opener: Jonathan Butler
Headliner: Gregory Porter

DAY 2
Sunday, September 3

Opener: Avery*Sunshine
Headliner: Dave Koz Summer Horns
with Candy Dulfer, Eric Darius, & Maysa Leak

VIP Add-On*: The Lowcountry Jazz Festival White Linen Cocktail Party

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September 1 at 7:00PM | Tickets are $125 (Plus Applicable Fees)

This Year at the International African American Museum

Hosted by Will & Maggie Shares

The Charleston Gaillard Center and Closing the Gap in Health Care are pleased to announce the return of The Lowcountry Jazz Festival White Linen Cocktail Party on Friday, September 1. Show off your style and join us for the kickoff to South Carolina’s premier annual smooth jazz festival. Dress in your best white attire for an evening of endless entertainment. Tickets* include open bar, hor d’oeuvres, performance by Nathan Mitchell, silent disco, and a private tour of the South’s newest museum on one of America’s most sacred sites.

The Gaillard is cementing its role as a leading non-profit performing arts center in the Southeast dedicated to commissioning and presenting ambitious cultural programming and popular performances that engage audiences, foster community, and prompt essential dialogue. Central to this is the Labor Day weekend, which sees the Lowcountry Jazz Festival take over the building and spill out to our neighbors and partners at the IAAM.

In addition to annually bringing together jazz fans from across the Southeast, the Festival is the primary fundraiser for Closing the Gap in Health Care, Inc.

*You must have a ticket to the Saturday or Sunday performance in order to purchase tickets to this VIP event. Limited availability. 

ABOUT NATHAN MITCHELL
Nathan Mitchell, an accomplished American contemporary jazz/soul (composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist) music educator and humanitarian. A Grammy-nominated, 3x NAACP Image Award nominated and BILLBOARD-charting artist with 10 top 30 BILLBOARD hits including three #1 BILLBOARD songs has become of the most respected “musical storytellers” in the contemporary jazz industry. This award-nominated and winning artist is known best for his electric showmanship, unique talents, and enthusiastic energy.

Masterclass with Nathan Mitchell | Presented by the Lowcountry Jazz Festival, Charleston Gaillard Center, and Charleston Jazz Academy

Open Soundcheck | Saturday, September 2, 2023 | 4PM-5PM
Charleston Gaillard Center, Martha & John M. Rivers Performance Hall

Masterclass | Saturday, September 2, 2023 | 5PM-6PM
Charleston Gaillard Center, Salon I

Lowcountry Jazz Festival Performance with Jonathan Butler and Gregory Porter | Saturday, September 2, 2023 | 7:30PM
Charleston Gaillard Center, Martha & John M. Rivers Performance Hall

High School & College Students of All Instrumentations (including voice)

Please join Lowcountry Jazz Festival and the Charleston Gaillard Center for a masterclass with American contemporary jazz/soul composer, producer and multi- instrumentalist Nathan Mitchell. 

Mr. Mitchell welcomes high school and college students of all instrumentations (including voice) for a 60 minute masterclass focusing on craft, composing and producing. Class will include an open conversation on creative next steps and a focus on vision for your artistic future. The masterclass is followed by the observation of an open sound check for the evening performance and a ticket to see Jonathan Butler and Gregory Porter. Attendees are welcome to bring their instruments for the class, but it is not required.

About Closing the Gap in Health Care

The Lowcountry Jazz Festival is the primary fundraiser for Closing the Gap in Health Care, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose primary mission is decreasing health disparities and increasing health literacy, especially for African Americans and the underserved in our community, South Carolina, and the nation.

The organization airs radio and television health tips, publishes a weekly e-newsletter, and provides information on social media to improve health literacy. Lectures, seminars, and youth and community activities are also provided by Closing the Gap in Health Care, Inc.

Proceeds from the Festival support the mission of Closing the Gap in Health Care, Inc. and the Thaddeus John Bell, M.D. Endowment Fund. This scholarship fund was created conjointly with the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina to assist students who pursue a health science degree and graduate from the Medical University of South Carolina. This will facilitate an increase in the number of African American health providers in the state.

The Lowcountry Jazz Festival and Closing the Gap in Health Care, Inc. have made contributions, exceeding $250,000, to the Thaddeus John Bell, M.D. Endowment Fund!

About the Artists

Gregory Porter

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Gregory Porter was raised in Bakersfield, California, and began singing in small jazz clubs in San Diego and later New York City, where his music career began to ascend with the release of his first two albums—Water (2010) and Be Good (2012). In 2013, he released his Blue Note debut Liquid Spirit which quickly grew into a global phenomenon, selling more than a million albums and earning Porter his first GRAMMY Award with NPR declaring him “America’s Next Great Jazz Singer.” His 2016 follow-up Take Me To The Alley won Porter his second GRAMMY for Best Vocal Jazz Album and firmly established him as his generation’s most soulful jazz singer-songwriter. In 2017, Porter released the heartfelt tribute album Nat King Cole & Me and in 2020 returned to his original songwriting on the uplifting ALL RISE. Porter has hosted the podcast The Hang, as well as his own cooking show The PorterHouse.

Jonathan Butler

Beloved singer and guitarist Jonathan Butler announces his new album, Ubuntu, available everywhere on April 28th via Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Music Group. The 11 track collection, produced by Marcus Miller (Miles Davis, Luther Vandross) is Butler’s tenth for the label and his twenty-eighth release overall. 

In a time when artists of optimism are at a premium, Butler is a shining example of purposeful excellence. From recording local hits as a teenager growing up during the apartheid of South Africa, Butler went on to become a world-renowned singer, guitarist and songwriter delivering soulful salvos of R&B, gospel, jazz and pop. Touring professionally by age 7, Butler’s first single, “Please Stay,” was the first by a Black artist played on white radio in segregated South Africa and won a Sarie Award (the country’s equivalent to a Grammy). Committed to conveying stirring messages of freedom and unity through his music, Jonathan became a national icon. His music even provided solace to Nelson Mandela, who later met Butler and told him that listening to his music had helped him endure time in prison.

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Please note that for this performance online purchases have a limit of eight (8) tickets per customer. To purchase additional tickets or to inquire about group sales, please contact the ticket office directly at (843) 242-3099.