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Jazz Artists Of Charleston Community Outreach

Jazzed Magazine • News • September 29, 2016

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steve-simon-headshotJazz Artists of Charleston (JAC) announces a new community service program called Jazz In The Joint, a project that brings live jazz music to the inmates of jails and prisons throughout South Carolina starting with the Lieber Correctional Institute in Ridgeville, SC.

The program idea was conceived by JAC board member, Steve Simon, as a result of his work on the board of directors of the Turning Leaf Project, which works with criminals being released from South Carolina jails and prisons. According to Simon, “My hope is that, through the transformative power of music and outreach programs like this, inmates of prisons and jails throughout the country will have a few hours to forget where they are and to realize that people they’ve never met care about them.”

The Jazz In The Joint band will perform at the Lieber Correctional Institute in Ridgeville, SC at 10:00 a.m. on October 4, 2016.  The band will include some of Charleston’s jazz artists and community leaders including: Steve Simon – Band leader and clarinet; Mayor John Tecklenburg – keyboard; Charlton Singleton – trumpet; Brett Belanger – bass; Markus Helander – drums; Chris Williams – sax; and Heather Rice – vocals.

The Jazz In The Joint band will perform American and Latin jazz standards as well as Pop songs.Some musically talented inmates will be invited to perform with the band during the show.

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