Charleston Jazz is premiering a brand-new music group – Momentum!

January 24, 2022

Momentum is a brand-new music group, presented by Charleston Jazz, with some of the finest musicians in the Lowcountry with the first performance on March 11, 2022 at Forte Jazz Lounge. Two sets: 7pm and 9:30pm.

The members of Momentum create an eclectic mix of Classic and Contemporary Fusion, R&B, Soul Jazz, and Gospel. Their music is inspired by Robert Glasper, Jon Batiste, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Jill Scott, and Snarky Puppy. Led by Demetrius Doctor, Music Director of the Royal Missionary Baptist Church, Momentum will be an exciting new group comprised of All-Star musicians!

Momentum will feature some of Charleston’s most talented musicians playing music we all love! I’m so excited to bring these incredible musicians together on one stage and present our interpretations of the music that shaped and continue to shape many of our careers.

– Demetrius Doctor, Momentum Bandleader


Demetrius Doctor – Keyboards
Calvin Baxter, II – Drums
LaVonta Green – Bass
Lee Barbour – Guitar
David Grimm – Guitar
Mark Sterbank – Saxophone
Corinthian Doctor – Vocals
Stachia Simmons – Vocals

Tickets are available at or by calling the box office at 843.641.0011. Tickets range: $20 – $40.


About Demetrius Doctor

Hailing from North Charleston, SC, Demetrius Doctor’s musical journey began at age 5 as a self-taught pianist in church. The Gullah-Geechee influence of the Black church in the Lowcountry is the foundation on which all of his musicality is built.

Demetrius attended The Charleston County School of Arts, where he received numerous musical awards and recognitions for his work in piano and tuba. He went on to receive his B.A. in Music from the College of Charleston and later received his M.A. in Music Technology from Coastal Carolina University.

His musical journey has blessed him to work with Gospel artists like Tye Tribbett, Jonathan Nelson, and Duranice Pace, as well as jazz musicians like Fred Wesley and Freddy Cole. He’s also toured Italy, Spain, Croatia, and many cities in the United States.

Demetrius currently serves as Minister of Music at Royal Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston, SC and can be found playing in multiple venues and settings in and throughout the Charleston Area. Outside of music, Demetrius enjoys watching sports and spending time with his wife, Corinthian, and their daughter, Alani.


About Charleston Jazz

Charleston Jazz is a non-profit organization whose mission is to grow a local and global community for jazz through performance, education and outreach while celebrating and preserving Charleston’s rich history in jazz. Established in 2008 as Jazz Artists of Charleston, the organization has earned a reputation for presenting, producing, and advocating for all things jazz and the artists who bring this music to life in dynamic ways. The organization manages the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, the Charleston Jazz Festival, and the Charleston Jazz Academy.
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