5th Annual JAC Jazz SeriesFor Immediate Release, April 2012
May 20 - June 8, 2012
276 King St.
Charleston, SC 29401
Above Sermet's Downtown
Corner of King and Wentworth Streets
set 1 7:00pm
set 2 10:00pm
[unless noted as a special event]
all major credit cards, cash, check
Venues for jazz in Charleston have come and gone, riding the waves of social and economic change.
In recent years, a new generation of musicians has relied primarily on local restaurants. Many of them, Fish, Charleston Grill, Mercato, FIG and others, have been reliable advocates, benefiting from jazz patrons and garnering effusive gratitude from players.
One club, Alluette's Jazz Cafe, opened in 2009 to provide a venue dedicated to the music, but it faltered and closed last year.
Now Charleston is getting another chance, thanks to restaurateur Sermet Aslan, entrepreneur J.D. Madison and drummer Quentin Baxter, partners in charge of The Mezz.
Last fall, Aslan closed his restaurant at King and Wentworth streets for a comprehensive renovation. Sermet's Downtown reopens this week. The jazz room is expected to open at the end of the month.
After years of conversation with his friend Baxter, the two men secured the upstairs space (used as a listening room from 1999-2004) and set about creating a proper jazz club...
PLEASE NOTE: As of MAY 18, 2012, the name and address of the 5th Annual JAC Jazz Series has changed. This year's JAC Jazz Series is now Upstairs at 493 King Street - Father Figaro Hall. The new venue address is now 493 King Street - Father Figaro Hall, 493 King Street, Suite 200, Downtown Charleston, SC 29403, Between Radcliffe and Morris on King Street.