When you live in a city voted #1 in the United States and the world, you tend to have lots out-of-town company during the holidays. A night out at Forte Jazz Lounge is the perfect way to entertain your guests this Thanksgiving week. Showcasing some of the region’s finest talent, Forte has prepared a stellar lineup of musical performances for your pre and post Turkey Day enjoyment. Musical offerings include Brett Belanger Trio’s instrumental jazz on November 24th, Joe Clarke Trio’s tribute to Cole Porter on November 26th, and hits of The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and Stylistics performed by Legacy on November 27th. Claim your cozy VIP couch for two, or reserve a section for your whole party while seats last. For more information: ForteJazzLounge.com
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CHARLESTON - In the heart of Charleston's bustling King St. nightlife district, you can hear the sounds of Big Band music wafting through the air. The warmth of live jazz music draws thousands through the doors of Forte Jazz Lounge each month, and Veterans Day weekend is always a highlight. With patriotic flair and rhythms that make you want to dance, Forte is proud to present two special shows saluting our United States Armed Forces - The Joe Clarke Big Band (Nov. 11th) and Gracie & Lacy (Nov. 13th).
The Joe Clarke Big Band will take centerstage on Veterans Day, November 11th at 7pm. Led by the club owner himself, the ensemble boasts a 13-piece horn section, rhythm, and keys. This USO-themed performance will feature special appearances by the resident vocal harmony trio, The Fortettes. Reserve your tickets here.
Jenna Bohannon Singing with The Joe Clarke Big Band - PHOTO CREDIT: VANESSA KAUFFMANN
On Saturday November 13th, the popular sister duo Gracie & Lacy will headline with "Boogie Woogie Bugle Jam!" The show will feature the sisters' signature harmonies and tap dancing set to patriotic hits that brought America through the war years. Brian Bohannon will be featured on the horn, with Billy McSweeney on trombone and John Phillips on Saxophone. Master of the keys, Nolan Tecklenburg will be joined by Forte's powerhouse rhythm section with John F. Kennedy on bass and Josh Hoover on the drums. Shows will be held at 3pm and 7pm - click here for tickets.
Gracie & Lacy - PHOTO CREDIT: HEATHER RICE
Geoffrey Dean says his audience can expect variety from his trio on Thursday, June 17th. “I basically wanted to make this one a mixed bag of some traditional jazz, some modern jazz and also some funk.”
The Geoffrey Dean Trio, presently consisting of Dean on piano and electric keyboard, David Levray on electric bass, and Miller Boone on drums, will play at 7:00 and 9:30 at Forte Jazz Lounge this Thursday night.
“It’s a pleasure to play there,” says Dean. “…really nice for both the audience and the musicians.”
Dean will be drawing material from sources such as Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Roy Hargrove, as well as including some originals.
“Jazz is such a wide range of music. I like to give everybody a taste and see what they like from that. ‘Cause not everybody likes everything. But you gotta at least expose them to it and see what they like.”
Dean will also be featured in the Art of Jazz series hosted by the Gibbes Museum of Art in August.
Find Geoffrey Dean on his Instagram @imdopegetaddicted.