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Jazz Arts Initiative Announces Season 6 of The JAZZ ROOM


Monthly jazz series continues with two shows each month this fall and winter

Charlotte, NC – Sept. 28, 2015 Charlotte’s Jazz Arts Initiative (JAI) welcomes fall with Season 6 of its highly acclaimed monthly series – The JAZZ ROOM @ The Stage Door Theater. This new season touts the music of both classic and contemporary jazz giants and kicks off Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 with JAI co-founder and internationally renowned jazz drummer Ocie Davis performing the music of Art Blakey. As with every JAZZ ROOM performance, there are two shows at 6:00PM and 8:15PM at The Stage Door Theater, part ofBlumenthal Performing Arts Center, at the corner of 5th and College in Uptown Charlotte.

Season 6 continues on Friday, Nov. 13 with pianist Lovell Bradford performing the music of Herbie Hancock; Trumpeter Brandon Lee performing the music of Dizzy Gillespie on Friday, Jan. 15; Clarinetist Greg Agid performing the music of Benny Goodman on Friday, Feb. 19; and Vanessa Ferguson singing the music of Nina Simone on Friday, March 18.

“We continue to be blown away by our audiences and the demand for tickets,” said Lonnie Davis, president and CEO of JAI. “We attribute this entirely to the outstanding caliber of the musicians and artists we are bringing in and the amazing performances they continue to deliver. Season 6 will truly be one of our best yet.”

The JAZZ ROOM @ The Stage Door Theater spotlights some of the Charlotte region’s most gifted musicians recreating the sounds of legendary jazz artists in a casual, intimate setting with cabaret tables and a full bar. Limited tickets for all shows are only $12 and can be purchased at, by calling 704-372-1000, or purchased at the door for $15 if available. JAZZ ROOM memberships and Season 6 bundle packages are also available. The public is advised to purchase tickets early as these shows tend to sell out quickly.

Having been displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, New Orleans natives and JAI founders Lonnie and Ocie Davis relocated to Charlotte. After noticing an extreme void of jazz culture, they founded JAI in 2009 to bring New Orleans’ greatest gift – jazz music – to the Queen City.

About Jazz Arts Initiative

Jazz Arts Initiative is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the promotion, education, preservation of jazz and related art forms. This organization is made up of arts patrons, educators, performing jazz artists, business leaders, and volunteers. Their mission focuses on three program development areas: Jazz Education, Performance, and Musician Support. These three elements were established to help nurture a future audience and preserve the tradition of this great American Art Form, Jazz. For more information, visit and follow Jazz Arts Initiative on Facebook and on Twitter.

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