Charleston Jazz + The Gibbes Museum of Art present The Art of Jazz Series

June 7, 2021

June 23 + July 21 + August 25, 2021 | 6PM – 7PM | Gibbes Museum of Art

The Art of Jazz Series is a three-part series featuring original music created by Charleston’s talented jazz artists as inspired by works currently on view at the Gibbes Museum of Art. The 2021 Art of Jazz Series will feature Peter Kfoury + Sully Martinez on June 23, Matt White and the Super Villain Jazz Band on July 21 and the Geoffrey Dean Trio on August 25 from 6pm – 7:30pm at the Gibbes Museum of Art located on 135 Meeting Street. The 2021 Art of Jazz Series is presented in partnership with the Gibbes Museum of Art and is sponsored in part by Monster Music and Movies.

Tickets are on sale now: $40 general admission | $30 for Gibbes Museum of Art Members. The ticket price includes the jazz concert and museum admission. Tickets are available at

Performance Schedule:

June 23, 2021: Art of Jazz Series: Peter Kfoury + Sully Martinez

Peter Kfoury is a Lebanese-American who grew up listening to Middle Eastern music. While in his teens he started playing the oud, the direct ancestry of the lute and the principal instrument in all countries and cultures of the Middle East. Over time, he has played not only traditional Arabic music, but has used all American melting pot influences to develop a unique style that fuses Middle Eastern music with jazz, pop, and funk. He presents a varied program with beautiful songs, original material and classics in a melodic and percussive style. He has two albums available, At The Heart of Two Worlds (2015) and Breaking All The Rules (2020) on these streaming services: Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, Apple Music and

Peter Kfoury – Oud | Sully Martinez – Percussion

July 21, 2021: Art of Jazz Series: Matt White and the Super Villain Jazz Band

Trumpeter, Composer and Educator, Dr. Matthew White, is currently Associate Professor of Music at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. He is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow in Music Composition. In addition to an active performing and teaching schedule, Matthew is involved in a number of music research topics, including the preservation and archiving of traditional Gullah spirituals. He manages the Wheelwright Recording Studio and is a full-time member of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra.

Matt White – Trumpet | Tim Fischer – Guitar | Brett Belanger – Bass | Ron Wiltrout – Drums

August 25, 2021: Art of Jazz Series: Geoffrey Dean Trio

Geoffrey Dean is a pianist, composer, and electronic music artist originating out of Washington D.C. He began playing classical piano at age 5 before fully pursuing jazz. Dean began jazz studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins, and then the Berklee College of Music. He traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee to study with his mentor and former Jazz Messenger Donald Brown while pursuing a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance. Dean received a Doctorate in Music from the University of Illinois and now works as a performer as well as teacher in the Charleston, South Carolina region.

Geoffrey Dean – Piano | David Levray – Bass | Ron Wiltrout – Drums


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.


About the Gibbes Museum of Art:

Home to the Carolina Art Association, established in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art is recognized among the oldest arts organizations in the United States. Housing one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present, the museum’s mission is to enhance lives through art by engaging people of every background and experience with art and artists of enduring quality and by providing opportunities to learn, to discover, to enjoy, and to be inspired by the creative process. For more information, visit

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