HARVIN COLUMN: Hit some shows before Thankgiving - and a special concert afterward
Whether it's swing music, some Rachmaninoff or just good, old-fashioned jazz, there's an artistic indulgence for everyone, even with the holiday week.
USO plus swing
What's swing music without the ability to get up and dance?
Answer: not nearly as much fun. The UNED!TED Concert Season continues with USO Revival, which promises to get the juices rolling and make your toes tappy.
The musicians are local faves: Quentin Baxter, Jeremy Wolf, Laura Ball and Richard White Jr. And you will recognize the music if you follow old movies.
Reimagine familiar wartime tunes while Annex Dance and saxophonist Jonathan Kammer bring the chamber music piece “Legende” to life.
Dave Fuerte and the Charleston Swing Dancers will give a lively Lindy-hop lesson at 6 p.m. before the 7 p.m. show.
The fun will take place 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Charleston Library Society, 164 King St. downtown. Tickets are $20; student tickets, $10 the day of the show only.
Go to brownpapertickets.com or call the Charleston Library Society at 723-9912 for details.
Jazz Jam today
The third annual Charleston Jazz Jam: Jazz on the Green, A Celebration of Jazz concludes a weekend of jazz that crisscrossed Charleston County.
It's 2-6 p.m. today under the trees at Awendaw Green, a wonderful location under the old oaks.
The Charleston Jazz Jam has showcased dozens of the best jazz talents in the area in the past two years in an unscripted, unrehearsed music event.
Jazz lovers are guaranteed the return of last year's core rhythm section: bassist Jamie Harris, guitarist Joe Wilson, pianist Patience Clements and drummer Anthony Constantine.
This year there will be a Latin flair with drummer Gino Castillo and the Lowcountry's favorite Brazilian guitarist, Duda Lucena.
Both will be making their debut appearances at the Jazz Jam.
“Moving the Charleston Jazz Jam to Sunday afternoon puts us in a unique spot to make this event a true celebration of jazz in the Lowcountry,” says Charleston Jazz Club founder and event coordinator Dennis Fassuliotis.
And you never know who might show up. The first year of the Jam, a young lady asked if she could sing at the end of the evening. Elise Testone of “American Idol” brought the house down that night.
Concessions will be available, but attendees with a $5 donation may bring a cooler and their favorite lounge chair and make themselves at home.
Awendaw Green is adjacent to Seewee Outpost at 4853 U.S. Highway 17.
Charleston native and pianist Jade Simmons is planning a post-Thanksgiving Day concert at The Hippodrome 6-8 p.m. Friday.
She's a St. Andrew's High School grad and has been performing concerts all over the country.
This concert comes from her new EP, “Playing With Fire” and features everything from Rachmaninoff to rap.
Part intellectual/part comedian, Simmons peppers the concert with poignant and often humorous stories about her existence as a black female classical pianist.
If you go for the $40 VIP tickets, they include seats on the first few rows on the keyboard side, a signed special edition hard copy of “Playing With Fire” and a pass to a private champagne and dessert reception following the show.
The Hippodrome is at 360 Concord St. Tickets are $25. Call 724-9132.
Reach Stephanie Harvin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-5557.