CHARLESTON GAILLARD CENTER COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS
These Programs are free of charge and open to the public.
The Jazz Talks lecture series invites Lowcountry jazz educators and musicians to the Charleston Gaillard Center for bi-annual lectures open to all community members at no charge.
Charlton Singelton, our Artist-in-Residence, addresses that old jazz history cliché – that it originated in New Orleans, traveled up the river to Chicago, then to New York and over to Kansas City, and finally made its way out to Los Angeles — is at best, a simplistic explanation. The Charleston Jazz Initiative has shown that this great American music has roots in many other places too – Charleston included.
With video, photographs, and jazz, attendees will be introduced to Gullah rhythm, big band musicians, the Jenkins Orphanage, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Motown’s Funk Brothers, a former enslaved visionary and Baptist minister, and countless others who make up the creative landscape that is the legacy of jazz in Charleston.
THE FRONT LINE
SEPTEMBER 17 | 6:30PM
In jazz, the term “front line” refers to three melody instruments. The first voice or lead melody is usually the cornet or trumpet, though some early jazz bands used the violin.
THE RHYTHM SECTION
NOVEMBER 19 | 6:30PM
The rhythm section of a jazz ensemble is comprised of drums, bass, piano, and guitar. The discussion includes some of these instruments most influential jazz musicians, their style, and significant recordings.
JANUARY 14 | 6:30PM
Historically, jazz vocalists have been the “rock stars” of the genre. Ella, Billie, Frank, and Louis are just a few household names. This session on vocalists covers some of the most influential singers and their legacy.
MARCH 3 | 6:30PM
This discussion will cover jazz history from its beginnings through all of its iterations. Covered in chronological order, the discussion includes musicians that created and/or flourished in each style, and the evolution of jazz through today.
Marcus Amaker is Charleston, South Carolina’s first poet laureate and an award-winning graphic designer.
He’s published seven poetry books and has been mentioned in The New York Times as well as been featured on TEDxCharleston, PBS Newshour, the A&E network, the Huffington Post, Alaska Beyond Magazine, SC Public Radio and many local media outlets. As a musician, he’s created more than 30 electronic music albums. His latest project, empath, is a collaboration with Grammy-nominated producer Quentin E. Baxter. As poet laureate, Marcus visits many schools to conduct poetry workshops and to inspire students to write. Area schools have started poetry clubs after his visits. He also created Charleston’s first poetry festival, Free Verse. As a journalist, Marcus helped to create Charleston Scene, a weekly entertainment section for Charleston’s SC’s daily newspaper, the Post and Courier. He is currently the lead graphic designer for the national music journal, No Depression. Charleston Business Magazine named him one of Charleston’s 50 Most influential people in 2016.
ADULT POETRY WORKSHOP
SEPTEMBER 14 | 6PM
Join Charleston, SC’s poet laureate Marcus Amaker for a spirited poetry workshop. This free workshop is open to anyone with a curious poetic mind – no experience necessary. Participants will be encouraged to do collaborative exercises, share work and be open with others. Marcus will also share some of his newest poems during the session. Space is limited.