CHARLESTON, SC – The Art of Jazz Series is a three-part series featuring the Richard White Trio on June 19, 2019, the Lee Barbour Trio on July 24, 2019 and the Arshak Sirunyan Quartet on August 21, 2019 from 6pm – 7pm at the Gibbes Museum of Art located on 135 Meeting Street. Tickets are on sale now: $25 general admission | $20 for Gibbes Museum of Art Members | $10 for students. The ticket price includes the jazz concert and museum admission. Tickets are available at www.charlestonjazz.com.
“The Gibbes Museum is thrilled to collaborate with Charleston Jazz on a third season of the Art of Jazz. The commingling of music and the visual arts provides a rich experience for the listener that elevates the senses. Year after year, the musicians’ art-inspired compositions are a delight!” - Lasley Steever, Director of Programs and Digital Engagement at the Gibbes Museum.
JUNE 19, 2019: 2019 Art of Jazz Series: Richard White Trio
Richard White is one of the most dynamic pianists and composers in the Charleston area. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he studied classical piano from age 7-17 and was introduced to jazz by his father before high school. Richard has performed in Victoria, British Columbia and recently completed a successful international jazz tour. He has opened for many famous artists such as Branford Marsalis, Will Downing, Brian McKnight and Alex Bugnon. He has played locally with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, the Charlton Singleton Quintet, and the Charleston Symphony that featured vocalist Ellis Hall.
Richard White – piano | Brett Belanger – bass | David Patterson – drums
JULY 24, 2019: 2019 Art of Jazz Series: Lee Barbour Trio
Lee Barbour is a gifted guitarist and composer from Charleston, SC. He has performed and recorded with several international artists, including guitar legend Joe Beck, Fred Wesley (James Brown), Earl Klugh, Kebbi Williams (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Elise Testone (American Idol) and Cary Ann Hearst (Shovels and Rope). Lee has composed music for documentaries, animation, commercials and feature film. He taught guitar at The New York City Guitar School and The College of Charleston and continues to teach privately. Lee performs regularly with several different projects and runs his own production company, Avant Garage, producing original music for all visual media. The Lee Barbour Trio will showcase their technical mastery and unique explorations on July 24 at the Art of Jazz concert series!
Lee Barbour – guitar | Jonathan Lovett – keyboards | Ron Wiltrout - drums
AUGUST 21, 2019: 2019 Art of Jazz Series: Arsak Sirunyan Quartet
Born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia, composer and pianist Arshak Sirunyan moved to the United States in 2002 and has recorded several acclaimed albums as a leader. In 2014, he released ‘Hoodman’s Blind’ which featured several Grammy Award winning artists, such as Mike Stern, Omar Hakim, and Eric Marienthal. Two of its tracks won 1st place in the 2014 International Songwriting Competition.
Arshak Sirunyan – piano | Cheikh NDoye – bass | Ron Wiltrout – drums | Robert Lewis - saxophone
Charleston Jazz and the Gibbes Museum of Art present the third-annual Art of Jazz Series, sponsored by the Kite Foundation Fund, Art Bridges and the Gibbes’ Women’s Council. For the second year in a row, 5Church is excited to be on board as the hospitality partner, creating complimentary specialty cocktails designed specifically for the 2019 Art of Jazz performances at the Gibbes Museum.
About Charleston Jazz:
Charleston Jazz is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote musical awareness and education including the recognition and preservation of the history of jazz in the Lowcountry through performances, special events, and educational outreach. Established in 2008 as Jazz Artists of Charleston, the organization has earned a reputation for presenting, producing, and advocating for all things jazz and the artists who bring this music to life in dynamic ways. The organization manages the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, the Charleston Jazz Festival, and the Charleston Jazz Academy.
About the Gibbes Museum of Art:
Home to the Carolina Art Association, established in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art is recognized among the oldest arts organizations in the United States. Housing one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present, the museum’s mission is to enhance lives through art by engaging people of every background and experience with art and artists of enduring quality and by providing opportunities to learn, to discover, to enjoy, and to be inspired by the creative process. For more information, visit www.gibbesmuseum.org.