It's a giant step.
The Skipp Pearson Jazz Foundation is hosting "An Evening with Chris Botti" Tuesday at the Charleston Music Hall. Botti, a celebrity jazz trumpeter, is just part of the day's events. The foundation is seeking to making the state a home for jazz.
"Chris Botti is one of the top recognized performers and trumpet players," the saxophonist Skipp Pearson said.
Pearson knows world-class players. He shared the stage with percussionist Jason Marsalis during a late-night set at the Blue Martini on Dec. 4. The session lasted until around 3 a.m.
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"That was very enlightening," Pearson said. "It was very positive. I felt his groove right away.
"When you have a player of that caliber in your rhythm section, it boosts your energy."
At 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Charleston Music Hall, there will be an educational component for children with the presentation of "The Little Boy Who Hated Jazz." A lecture and discussion will follow.
The Botti concert is at 7 p.m. There's a late-evening jam session at 39 Rue de Jean after the concert.
Will Pearson get on stage with Botti?
"I'll do one tune with him," he said. "It's not about me so much. It's about presenting him and him helping out with the endeavor."
The music hall is at 37 John St., Charleston. $75; (803) 400-1205
PICKS OF THE WEEK
6 p.m. Saturday: Hair of the Dog Ball at The White Mule. In the song "The Good Times Are Killing Me," Modest Mouse frontman Issac Brock sings, "Enough hair of the dog to make myself an entire rug." It's not recommended to chase a hangover with what got you there, but sometimes it's necessary to get things fired up for the first day of the new year. Yarn, Lucas War Hero and Casual Kings will perform. Mimosas and bloody marys will be sold for $2. That's cheap enough to make a rug for your friends, too. The White Mule is at 1530 D Main St. $5; (803) 661-8199
9 p.m. Saturday: Wicked Tim at Art Bar. Wicked Tim plays experimental industrial music. A lot of pulsing and downbeat tempos. It should be a wicked time, especially if the lights are off. With Ancient Sunken Navies, Sons Of Young and DJ KevKev. Art Bar is at 1211 Park St. $3; (803) 929-0198
7 p.m. Tuesday: The Eleanor Collection at the Columbia Museum of Art. The trio, which will play compositions by John Lane, a South Carolina composer, includes a singer, flutist and pianist. It will make for a relaxing evening at the museum. The museum is at Main and Hampton streets. $5 to $7; (803) 799-2810