Charlton Singleton does his research. He believes there’s always more to know about and discover in your industry.

In this segment of TABOO, we hear from one of THE most prolific performers and contributors of Jazz and music education in Charleston, in the first building in America built exclusively to be used for theatrical performances in the U.S. the one and only Dock Street Theatre. We have to pleasure to introduce knowledge about Charleston’s Jazz history that has been overshadowed by the popular legends of other cities. We discover this through Charlton Singleton’s own childhood stories and his incredible knack for making you feel the moment and hear his music. Take a lesson from one of the greatest in Jazz. Video by: Jay Wayne Production photo by: Elizabeth Ervin

About the speaker

A native of Awendaw, SC, Charlton Singleton began his musical studies at the age of three on the piano. He would then go on to study the organ, violin, cello, and the trumpet throughout elementary, middle and high school. In 1994, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from South Carolina State University. Since that time, he has taught music at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as being an adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston. Currently, he is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra; an 18 piece jazz ensemble of some of the finest professional musicians in the Southeast and the resident big band in Charleston, SC. Mr. Singleton is also the organist and choir director at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Charleston, SC. In November of 2016 he was named the inaugural Artist in Residence at the recently renovated Gaillard Center in downtown Charleston.

As a performer, Charlton leads his own ensembles that vary in size and style. He has performed in France, Great Britain, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands, as well as many great cities throughout the United States. In addition to performing, he is in demand as a speaker, composer, and arranger. He has also shared the stage with and/or worked with some of most talented entertainers in the world, including Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, Houston Person, Darius Rucker, Fred Wesley, and Cyrus Chestnut to name a few. Outside of music and entertainment, he and his wife, MaryJo, are the proud parents of Shalamar and D’Marcus, as well as their pets…Sassy, Jango, Mojo, Kota Bear, Pumpkin, and Ginger.

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