Music Scene: Charleston Jazz Orchestra, The Wallflowers, Ben Sollee

Provided Etienne Charles

For the past four years, the Charleston Jazz Orchestra has worked tirelessly to cultivate the progress of local jazz culture while also preserving its rich and far-reaching history.

CJO artistic director Charlton Singleton and a devoted staff host regular events year-round to educate others about the role jazz has played in Charleston’s development as well as entertain audiences with some of the most respected jazz musicians, not only in the Lowcountry but from around the world.

The CJO and Jazz Artists of Charleston will host the ever-popular Latin Night on Saturday at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., with world-renowned trumpeter and percussionist Etienne Charles serving as this year’s special guest.

Born in Trinidad to a musical family, Charles’ abilities earned him a place in the summer performance program at the Berklee College of Music in Boston at 16.

He later graduated from Florida State University as the College of Music Brautlecht Scholar just before placing second at the 2005 International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition in Thailand. The following year, Charles took first place in the National Trumpet Competition in Fairfax, Va.

He eventually earned a full ride to pursue his master’s degree at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.

To date, Charles has performed with some of the most respected musicians of his time, including Roberta Flack, Wynton Marsalis and the Count Basie Orchestra among others.

Charles will perform two separate 90-minute sets at the Charleston Music Hall Saturday night. The first set will begin at 7 p.m., while the second set will begin at 10 p.m.

Adult tickets are $30-$40; senior and student tickets are $25-$35. Students qualify with valid school ID while seniors qualify at age 65.

JAC and Lowcountry Local First are offering a buy-one, get-one-free ticket promotion for the second set only.

All student and special promotional tickets much be purchased in-person.

For more, go to, call 641-0011 or visit the Charleston Jazz House at 185 St. Philip St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

While in town, Charles also will participate in the first JAC(K) Talk, along with Singleton, Quentin Baxter, Herb Frazier and more.

JAC(K) Talk is a panel discussion with topics that include the connection between African and Afro-Caribbean influence to the Lowcountry’s Gullah culture and a behind-the-scenes look at the commissioned work by Charles slated for its world premiere at Latin Night.

JAC(K) Talk, which is free and open to the public, will be held 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar, 630 King St. Find out more at

When the sleepy-eyed pop-rock band The Wallflowers crept into mainstream consciousness in 1996 with the hits “One Headlight” and “6th Avenue Heartache,” few might have guessed that the band was actually approaching its seven-year anniversary.

When it was learned that front man Jakob Dylan was the son of music icon Bob Dylan, many wondered why there had been such a delay in bringing The Wallflowers to major radio play, while others doubted the band’s validity altogether.

The truth was that the junior Dylan hid his lineage in an effort to blaze his own trail in the business.

Like most bands, The Wallflowers played in bars, small clubs and restaurants, scrounging to build a following in the highly competitive Los Angeles music scene.

The band was even dropped by its first label, Virgin Records, after its 1992 self-title debut sold less than 40,000 copies after its initial push.

By the time “Bringing Down the Horse” was released in 1996, The Wallflowers was an experienced and grateful working band, versed in the trials and tribulations of the unforgiving music business as much as any band, whether led by an heir to music royalty or not.

While The Wallflowers have never quite duplicated the success from its breakthrough singles, the band has maintained a large following and critical praise throughout its succeeding four albums.

The band’s latest album, “Glad All Over,” is set to be released in October after a seven-year hiatus.

The Wallflowers will perform Tuesday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 the day of the show and are available online at or at the door.

Doors open at 7 p.m.

Go to or call 577-6989 for more information.

Ben Sollee has spent the past six years building a reputation as an inventive cellist, composer and songwriter teeming with inspired creations that explore the categorical limits of jazz, classical, folk and rock genres.

A pupil of R&B music from an early age, Sollee drifted to the study of classical music after taking up the cello in elementary school, a transition that gave soul and rasp to Sollee’s classical reproductions.

By the time he was 22, Sollee joined with Bela Fleck, Abigail Washington and Casey Driessen to form the group The Sparrow Quartet.

Sollee’s work with the group made its way to Jim James, front man for My Morning Jacket, who would go on to produce Sollee’s full-length sophomore album, “Dear Companion.”

Sollee has made news for his frequent touring by bicycle.

In 2009, the musician biked 330 miles with his equipment to perform at Bonnaroo.

The trek was made to raise awareness of coal mining by way of mountaintop removal taking place around the Appalachian Mountains.

Ben Sollee will celebrate the release of his newest album, “Half-Made Man,” out Tuesday, with a Wednesday performance at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway.

Luke Reynolds will open the night. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 the day of the show and are available at the door or online at

Go to or call 571-4343.

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