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Studdard sings Ellington

You may know Ruben Studdard from his winning season on American Idol, or his guest role as a singer with the jazz super-group FOURPLAY. On February 18, Studdard will join the Charleston Jazz Orchestra at the Charleston Music Hall for a concert entitled “SINGIN’ ELLINGTON: The Duke and His Vocalists.”

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American Idol Winner and Grammy Nominated Ruben Studdard to Kick Off Season 9 of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra with

“Singin’ Ellington”

FEBRUARY 18, 2017 at 5:00 and 8:00 P.M. / Charleston Music Hall

CHARLESTON, SC – JANUARAY 31, 2017 – The Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) will kick off its ninth season with a concert entitled “SINGIN’ ELLINGTON: The Duke and His Vocalists.” American Idol Season 2 winner, Ruben Studdard, will be a special guest vocalist with the CJO on February 18 at the Charleston Music Hall. Ruben has released six studio albums, including his platinum-selling debut 'Soulful', and the top-selling gospel follow-up, 'I Need an Angel’. Ruben will join CJO Music Director, Charlton Singleton, as they recreate the famous collaboration between Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington.

Duke Ellington is one of the greatest composers and jazz musicians of all time. He is best remembered for the over 3,000 songs he composed during his lifetime including It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing, Sophisticated Lady, Mood Indigo, Solitude, and Satin Doll. The CJO and Studdard will celebrate Duke Ellington’s musical genius and some of the famous vocalists who sang with his band.

“When Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington collaborated to produce a monumental recording, it was the meeting of two of the world’s most famous artists,” said Charlton Singleton, Music Director of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra. “As we kick off our Season 9, we are excited to be recreating that recording with Ruben Studdard. Since bursting on the scene as the Season 2 winner of American Idol, Ruben quickly established himself as one of the greatest voices of our generation. His talent and stage presence, along with the high quality musicianship of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra make this one of the most exciting and must see events in our great city of Charleston.”

Tickets are priced at $45-$60 adults, $38-$55 seniors and $10 for students. There will be two performances at 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets visit:

About The Jazz Artist Of Charleston: Jazz Artists of Charleston (JAC), is a South Carolina-based nonprofit organization incorporated to foster a professional environment for jazz musicians, artists, students and enthusiasts in the Charleston area. Its mission is to develop, promote, and support a vibrant and creative jazz culture through concerts, special outreach events, and educational programs. JAC endeavors to preserve and bolster Charleston’s rich musical history and legacy as it explores the various realms of jazz in terms of how it is created as well as its stylistic expressions.

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