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Forte Jazz Club opening night event with local vocalist and band performing live in downtown Charleston.
Forte Jazz Club opening night event. Local vocalist and jazz band performing live. Located in downtown Charleston.
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The Forte Experience

Forte is defined as a thing at which someone excels. At Forte, we strive to excel at everything to make your musical experience a memorable one. Bringing you comfortable seating, local beer, great wine selection and, of course, the best jazz Charleston has to offer.


Forte Jazz Lounge is Charleston's only strictly jazz venue where jazz is always on-tap with the best musicians performing every week.



Artists play 4 sets from 7pm-11pm.  Due to Covid we have limited seating to once per night.  When you purchase your ticket you can arrive anytime between 7pm-11pm and stay as long as you wish.   

Feel free to bring a To-Go order from any of the fine nearby restaurants and enjoy your dinner and a show.   


The lounge offers three sections of seating:

  • VIP ------ Couch Seating (28)

  • Premium --Table Seating (48)

  • General ---Theater Seating (44)

We have two room arrangements.   One is for a strictly listening experience.  The second is to allow for a floor show in front of the stage.  Click the button below to see the seating charts.

There are no "bad" seats in this lounge. Our digital sound system is programmed specifically to each artists during soundcheck so sound is uniform and everyone can still enjoy a conversation with someone near them.


Being a smaller venue, every seat has a great view of the stage.  The VIP section is closest to the stage offering both intimacy and comfort with plush couches and pillows making for a great date night.  Premium is perfect for couples or large groups wishing to sit together. General seating is great if you're those who want to just try us out, check out sounds or need somewhere to relax solo for the night.

Reserve Your Seats Here
Forte Jazz Club opening night event. Local vocalist Joe Clarke performing live. Located in downtown Charleston.

The Inspiration

Owner Joe Clarke has been entertaining the Charleston community for more than 30 years. As a local teacher and musician, he has both taught and performed his craft of big band style jazz with students and musicians from all over the Charleston area.


It has been his life’s work to create a venue for jazz artists to showcase their talents to the community and for visitors to enjoy leaving with a sense of Charleston life. Jazz music is his passion and he wishes to share it with the community and tourists of Charleston.

Picture of Joe Clarke the owner of Forte Jazz Lounge. Forte is Charleston's jazz club located downtown on King Street.
Owner, Joe Clarke
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The Location

We are located on at 475 - 477 King Street, Charleston, South Carolina.


We're right across the street from Basil Thai and directly next to The Macintosh.


Only street parking is available.


If you have any trouble finding us, just give us a call and we will do our best to help 843.637.4931





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