The SC Jazz Masterworks Ensemble is comprised of some of the most outstanding jazz musicians, soloists, and bandleaders from across South Carolina and into North Carolina. The group was created to perform an original American art form, jazz, at the highest artistic level.
guitar, oud, recording artist
piano, guitar, composer, Director of Jazz Studies at the University of South Carolina
trombone, President of the Greenville Jazz Collective
lead trumpet, South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, freelance musician
lead trumpet, Charleston Jazz Orchestra, freelance musician
trumpet, composer, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina
trombone, freelance musician
drums, international touring and recording artist
saxophone, Director of Jazz Bands at the University of South Carolina and USC Aiken
trumpet, founder of ColaJazz, recording artist
saxophone, Charleston Jazz Orchestra, Associate Professor of Jazz and Saxophone at Charleston Southern University
saxophone, Professor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies at Furman University
trombone, Assistant Professor of Trombone at the University of South Carolina
bass, touring artist
founder and director, saxophone, Professor of Music at Lander University
bass trombone, Commander and Conductor of the 208th Army Band
saxophone, Associate Professor of Saxophone and Woodwind Chair at Winthrop University
vocalist, freelance musician
saxophone, King William Jazz Collective, masterclass clinician and private lesson instructor (flute, clarinet, saxophone)
World class solo artist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. Down Beat magazine called him “One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet” and Jazz Times identified him as “a figure of international renown.” Potter’s impressive discography includes 15 albums as a leader, as well as sideman appearances on more than 100 albums. He has performed or recorded with many of the leading names in jazz and will be performing here with the Jazz Masterworks Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Robert Gardiner.
For the final concert of the Carolina Shout series, local jazz musician Robert Gardiner leads the South Carolina Jazz Masterworks Ensemble in a performance that promises to deliver notes that will resound in the listeners’ ears with accomplished musicians and jazz standards.