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Charlton Singleton
A native of Awendaw, SC, Charlton Singleton began his musical studies at the age of three on the piano. He would then go on to study the organ, violin, cello, and the trumpet throughout elementary, middle and high school. In 1994, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from South Carolina State University. Since that time, he has taught music at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as being an adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston. Currently, he is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra; a 20 piece jazz ensemble of some of the finest professional musicians in the Southeast and the resident big band in Charleston, SC. As a performer, Charlton leads his own ensembles that vary in size and style. He has performed in France, Great Britain, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands, as well as many great cities throughout the United States. In addition to performing, he is in demand as a speaker, composer, and arranger. He has also shared the stage with and/or worked with some of most talented entertainers in the world. Outside of music and entertainment, he is a devoted husband and proud father of two.

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    Playing upon natural rhythm and a lifelong passion for music, Charleston Jazz Orchestra artistic director Charlton Singleton has upped the tempo of both modern and traditional jazz in the Lowcountry … Read More

    Show me someone who says that there isn’t any good live music in Charleston, and I will show you someone who just isn’t looking hard enough. Last weekend, the music options were wide open. One could have taken in the Charleston Symphony… Read more

    Charlton Singleton’s love affair with music has lasted, well, a lifetime. The sheet notes, please: Age 3, he would watch his brother and sister taking piano lessons, picking out notes to play. He studied organ and violin, excelling at piano… Read More

    To say Charlton Singleton is a musician is basically the same as saying that an alligator is a reptile or that the sea is salty. I truly believe that if one were to look at Singleton’s DNA under a microscope, one would see actual musical notes… Read More

    I had the time of my life on Saturday. A big band I founded and produce had a rehearsal for a gig this Saturday (April 4) and despite fatigue, high pollen levels and a busy week coming up, I took Saturday morning to be with the Charleston Jazz… Read More
     


     

    Testimonials

    “To say Charlton Singleton is a musician is basically the same as saying that an alligator is a reptile or that the sea is salty. I truly believe that if one were to look at Singleton’s DNA under a microscope, one would see actual musical notes connecting the strands together. ”
    Devin Grant – The Post and Courier

    “Charlton is a talented trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader cut from the same cloth as Dizzy Gillespie, Thad Jones, Slide Hampton, and Frank Foster.”
    Jimmy Heath (jazz icon, saxophonist, composer, arranger) – Charleston Magazine

    “Just watching him conduct and play piano and trumpet draws you in and captivates you. He has the ability to turn a non-jazz person into an enthusiast in a single concert.”
    Randi Weinstein (CJO Patron) – Charleston Magazine

    “Singleton’s mature performance reaches new peaks. His technique and range are those of a thoughtful musician.”
    T. Ballard Lesemann – Charleston City Paper

    “He is an amazing player, but his composition skills are incredible.”
    Cyrus Chestnut (jazz pianist) – The Post and Courier

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