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July 31, 2014

Local Arts in Brief for April 20, 2014

Posted: 04/20/2014 12:01 a.m.

Music of Horace Silver on tap from CJO

Hard-bob master Horace Silver is the subject of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra's two sets this Saturday at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

The performances, at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., will present the music of Silver arranged for big band and conducted by Charlton Singleton.

Tickets are $25-$40 and available at the Music Hall box office, online at charlestonjazz.com or by calling 641-0011.

Silver was an influential pianist and composer who often melded the be-bop jazz style with blues or gospel, creating a hybrid sound labeled "hard-bop." He played for years with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, but also led his own ensembles, working with leading jazz players.

His father hailed from Cabo Verde and was of Portuguese descent, a cultural background that widened the young American musician's worldview and musical sensibilities.

The program, called "Silver Messenger," will include the tunes "The Preacher," "Sister Sadie," "Song for My Father," "Hippest Cat In Hollywood," "Summer In Central Park" and "Nica's Dream."

Eastern chant master Jai Uttal in Charleston

Jai Uttal, a musician who specializes in ancient Eastern chanting called Kirtan, will perform twice this weekend in Charleston, first at Gage Hall, 4 Archdale St., 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, followed by a concert at 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday at Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

"Kirtan is singing over and over the many names of God and the Goddess, the multicolored rainbow manifestations of the One," Uttal's website states. Uttal is a well-known spiritual musician and American practitioner of yoga.

Tickets for the Gage Hall event are $70; only 50 will be sold.

Tickets for the Memminger Auditorium event are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. To buy tickets, go to www.onecharleston.com.

Adam Parker