Charlotte’s Jazz Arts Initiative (JAI) will host its inaugural Spring Gala: Lush Life on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte in Uptown. This elegant evening will include a superb three-course dinner, open wine bar, and feature live music and dancing from the renowned Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra with guest vocalist Mandi Stapleton playing the classics of Ellington, Basie and Strayhorn. Dress is black tie preferred.
"This will be a night unlike anything Charlotte has seen," says Lonnie Davis, President and CEO of JAI. "We are pulling out all the stops to make sure all of our guests and supporters have a truly memorable experience and one of the most elegant and extraordinary nights of their lives."
The evening will include a special champagne raffle featuring unique items donated by Windsor Jewelers. Jazz Arts Initiative will also recognize two national honorees with the Nica’s Dream Achievement Award and Ellis Marsalis Excellence Award for their extraordinary contributions to Jazz music and Jazz education. An outstanding Jazz Academy student alum will also be recognized with the Clyde Kerr Jr. Scholarship Award to further support their studies in music.
Limited tickets are $200 per person and can be purchased online from the JAI website - thejazzarts.org - or by calling 704-334-3900. The evening will begin at 6:00PM with a cocktail reception followed by the formal Gala at 7:00PM at the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte located at 201 East Trade Street.
Contact: Sander Walker