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.
The Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) is comprised of the crème de la crème of South Carolina jazz musicians. The orchestra is an entertaining, educational and stellar example of the rich history and legacy of jazz in Charleston. The CJO has become known for unique, enthusiastically received concerts that contribute mightily to the ever-evolving Lowcountry arts scene.