3/31/2017 3:22:32 PM
The Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) proudly presents, its April concert titled, “MOTOWN: The Groove that Changed America.” The concert will be held Saturday, April 15th at the Charleston Music Hall at 37 John Street, Charleston, South Carolina. Showtimes are 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, and South Carolina’s own James Jamerson are names associated with one of the greatest record labels of all time, MOTOWN. Founded by Berry Gordy, Jr., MOTOWN became an American institution and achieved significant crossover success, creating a style of soul music with a distinct pop influence. Join the CJO as they celebrate MOTOWN and the unique rhythmic groove that changed America.
“Motown is arguably the most recognizable music brand name in music,” said Charlton Singleton, Conductor of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra. “The wonderful gifts of music that this entity has produced will forever be etched in our artistic history.”
“I don’t believe there's a group or artist anywhere who can say that Motown hasn't influenced the way they approach music,” said Quiana Parlor, featured guest vocalist. “For me, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson Five, Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson, Diana Ross — all of those and more are artists whose sounds and styles I like to think I’ve tried to borrow from and build upon in my own music.”
Charleston musicians have arranged all of the songs to be performed in this concert. The song list includes favorites such as:
“I Want You Back” – Jackson 5 – Arranged by Robert Lewis
“Sir Duke” – Stevie Wonder – Arranged by Demetrius Doctor
“My Girl” – Smokey Robinson – Arranged by Frank Duvall
“What’s Going On” – Marvin Gaye – Arranged by Adam Ray
“Just My Imagination” – The Temptations – Arranged by Brett Belanger
Tickets are on sale now through the Jazz Artists of Charleston’s website www.jazzartistsofcharleston.org. Pricing ranges from $10 to $60.