Local Arts in Brief


The International Justice Mission, a Washington, D.C.-based Christian nonprofit that fights human trafficking, returns to Charleston for a special concert featuring Christian music artists Sara Groves, Brandon Heath and duo Jenny & Tyler. The concert is 7 p.m. today at Second Presbyterian Church, 342 Meeting St. It’s part of a multi-city “Art Music Justice Tour,” presenting “a special night of songs, stories and prayer in the fight to end slavery.”

Locally, more than 30 churches are involved, according to organizers.

International Justice Mission works in 17 communities in the developing world to combat modern-day slavery, human trafficking and other forms of violence against the poor. IJM seeks to rescue and restore victims of trafficking, restrain perpetrators and help transform broken public justice systems. It aids thousands of people each year.

The concert raises money for IJM and raises awareness about modern-day slavery. General admission is $20; students pay $15. Go to www.artmusicjusticetour.com for more information and tickets.

The Charleston Jazz Orchestra presents “A Night At The Village Vanguard: Celebrating the Music of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Band” at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

Thad Jones was a jazz trumpeter, composer, bandleader and long-time member of the Count Basie Orchestra. Mel Lewis was a drummer and bandleader. Their band, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Band, was formed around 1965. This elite jazz orchestra is one of the most respected big bands of all time.

During the height of its popularity, the band consisted of New York City’s best studio jazz musicians. The band won a Grammy in 1978 for the album “Monday Night Live at The Village Vanguard.” The CJO will perform various pieces from this album and other songs.

“There is an overwhelming majority of jazz musicians, including famous ones, that believe the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis orchestra is the most influential big band ensemble of all time,” said CJO music director Charlton Singleton.

Tickets are $35-$55 and can be purchased online at charlestonjazz.com, by calling 843-641-0011 or at the Music Hall box office 1-6 p.m. Student tickets are $10.

ArtFields, a dynamic, multi-genre art event in Lake City, runs April 22-30. The festival and competition presents the works of hundreds of artists from 12 Southeastern states, including more than 40 from the Charleston area.

Works featured include paintings, sculptures, multimedia works, large-scale installations, photography and more.

Since ArtFields started in 2013, it has quickly become one of the state’s most important festivals. It includes many scheduled events, such as art walks, workshops, student classes, parties, exhibits and more. Most events are free.

ArtFields awards about $100,000 to its various competition winners.

For more information, including a full schedule of events and list of participating artists, go to www.artfieldssc.org.

Charleston’s annual Spring Jazz Jam will showcase many of the city’s musicians 4-8 p.m. April 24 at Republic Garden & Lounge, 462 King St.

The Spring Jazz Jam is a free, unrehearsed four-hour concert produced and co-hosted by Dennis Fassuliotis and Steve Simon.

This year, it includes a performance by Mayor John Tecklenburg. The event will raise money for the homeless.

Participating musicians include Simon, Richard Harris White, Wayne Mitchum, Markus Helander, Simon Harding, Lonnie Hamilton, Oscar Rivers Jr., George Kenny, Bobbie Storm, Duda Lucena, Bobby Alvarez, Leroy Smalls, Chris Williams, Joe Clark and Heather Rice.

Fassuliotis founded the Charleston Jazz Club in 2009 to promote jazz in the Charleston area and to bring jazz musicians and jazz enthusiasts together using a social networking site (www.facebook.com/chasjazzclub).

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra named Adrian Steele, a 15-year-old violinist from Seattle, its winner of the 2016 National Young Artist Competition. Adrian performed a movement of Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47, during the final round Thursday at the Gaillard Center.

He is rewarded with a $2,500 prize and a chance to perform with the CSO.

Adam Parker