Charleston Jazz

Charleston Jazz sets out to reveal the rich, untold story of the evolution of American jazz in one of its major cradles: Charleston, South Carolina. The text and images, many from CJI’s archival collection, show that what happened on the Gullah coast of South Carolina in terms of history, culture, and entertainment had a huge impact on jazz as we know it today.

Discover Charleston’s jazz legacy in this new photographic history by CJI’s own, Jack McCray. He has dedicated three decades to examining and preserving the Charleston tradition through the prism of its jazz legacy and has written about jazz as a longtime reporter and editor at Charleston, South Carolina’s Post and Courier