Charlton Singleton started playing the piano at the age of 3. While his older sister and brother took 30 minute lessons, Charlton would watch, then “pick out” what he heard and observed during their lessons. His parents eventually asked the teacher to include him in the weekly instruction. By the age of 16, Charlton had taken lessons, and was accomplished on the piano, organ, trumpet, violin, and cello.
In the summer of the 1988 (age 17), he participated in the United States Collegiate Wind Band as the principal trumpeter. This ensemble, comprised of the most accomplished high school musicians in the United States, toured over 9 countries in Europe, and played in some of the finest concert halls in the world.
Today, Charlton, like Charleston, is at once modern and traditional. Though fluent in blues, rock ’n’ roll, r&b, ska, and classical music, this multi-instrumentalist and vocalist specializes in the trumpet and focuses primarily on jazz. Some have described him as a musical alchemist, a magician, a jazz juggernaut, while others fondly refer to him as “The HoneyDripper” or “Mr. Melody“. His creativity manifests itself in his work as a talented trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader.
He leads three groups under his name (The Charlton Singleton Trio, The Charlton Singleton Quintet, and the Charlton Singleton Band), and serves as the Artistic Director/Bandleader of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) under the auspices of the Jazz Artists of Charleston.
Charlton will be one of 2 speakers at our event on April 21. This event is presented with support from Blue Ion and Campaign Monitor. As usual, refreshments will be available before and during the meetup, which will take place at Blue Ion – 301B King Street, downtown Charleston.
Doors open at 5:30pm. Email us at email@example.com if you have any questions.