"Duke: King of Jazz" at 8 p.m. on October 1–November 14

Charleston Performing Arts Center

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In a Nutshell

Jazz standards and dancing set at The Cotton Club of the 1930s celebrates the legacy of Duke Ellington

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Expiration varies. Limit 8 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem on day of event for a ticket at venue box office. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects current ticket prices. ADA seating cannot be guaranteed. Contact box office prior to purchase for availability. Ticket value includes all fees. Seating location is determined by the Merchant and is based on availability. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

Duke: King of Jazz

  • What it is: An original dance musical celebrating Duke Ellington, the legendary composer and bandleader who helped usher jazz into the mainstream.
  • How it begins: Upon entering, table tootsies seat patrons and whisk beverages to their tables while in character.
  • The setting: The Cotton Club. It was this Harlem establishment that showcased famous African-American performers such as Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday, and Lena Horne.
  • The songs: A live soundtrack of performers portraying tracks that may include “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” “Mood Indigo,” “Take the A Train,” “Hit Me with a Hot Note,” and many more.
  • The dancing: Performers don the ensembles and the fancy footwork of The Cotton Club Dancers, the club’s entertainers who included The Nicholas Brothers and Mildred Dixon.
  • The extra dimension: Audience members can feel like they’re seated in the Cotton Club itself thanks to the Charleston Performing Arts Center’s Table Tootsies, who whisk drinks to tables while in character.

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