Led by conductor and trumpeter Charlton Singleton, the Charleston Jazz Orchestra continues their popular 2012 concert series with a funky program titled Swingin’ Soul
, featuring big-band arrangements of classic soul, R&B, and Motown faves. Organized by the Jazz Artists of Charleston (JAC), it veers away from the swing and jazz sets they usually deliver. “It’ll be pretty loose up there, and we’ll have a great time,” says Singleton. “We had five different musicians from the CJO work on the horn parts and full arrangements for much of the set. We’ll play some songs very similarly to the originals, but there’ll be some surprises, too. It’s a lot of the good ol’ stuff.” According to Singleton, the set will range from heavy-rhythm faves like Junior Walker and the Allstars’ “Shotgun” to melodic hits by Al Green, Stevie Wonder, the Shirelles, and Smokey Robinson. JAC president Leah Suárez will be the featured vocalist for the evening. The CJO will perform two separate shows on Saturday (7 p.m. and 10 p.m.) with two sets per show. Check out a Q&A with Singleton and Suárez
at the Music+Clubs.