Following a successful launch in 2017, #HERDJAZZ in the Capital City returns to Elk City Records on Charleston’s revitalized West Side for two performances this fall.
Marshall Jazz Combo I will perform from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, and Saturday, Nov. 17, in the store located at 311 Washington St. W. in Charleston.
#HERDJAZZ in the Capital City began last year under the leadership of MU Jazz Studies faculty member Jeff Wolfe and jazz aficionado Phil Melick, owner of Elk City Records. When Melick discovered that Wolfe, a frequent customer, was a member of the jazz faculty at Marshall, a friendship was born.
Seeing the concert series as a way to spread the word about the jazz studies program at Marshall in the Charleston area while creating more performance opportunities for the members of the MU Jazz Combo I, Wolfe suggested the performances to Melick, who was enthusiastic about the idea.
The MU Jazz Combo performed monthly concerts at the shop during the fall of 2017, and the series was so successful that Melick requested the group to return to Elk City Records this fall.
“Phil has done so much to preserve jazz through the recordings he has available at Elk City Records, it’s a perfect spot for our students to add to the preservation through live music,” Wolfe said.
According to Melick, Elk City Records (elkcityrecords.com) offers a wide range of music, including thousands of quality jazz albums and singles, spinning on two turntables at 33, 45 and 78 r.p.m.
“The shop is proud to bring MU Jazz Combo I back to Charleston again in 2018,” he said.