Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Tue, Jul 23

Salsa Dance Night with Instructor LaQuinn's playlist is one of Forte's most popular and fun nights. Tuesday night is fast becoming one of Forte's most popular and fun nights to come out and socialize. Well known and Charleston's Favorite Salsa Instructor, LaQuinn makes it fun and easy to learn the steps so you and your partner can dance the night away. Flying solo? Have no fear! This is a social dance and everyone dances with everyone. It's a sure way to have some fun and learn some new steps from some new partners. 

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Wed, Jul 24

Brett Belanger produces Wednesday Nights with a focus on many of jazz greats, Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, etc. This band consists of Charleston's best jazz musicians and will explore and focus on a different jazz artist, genre or composer every Wednesday night. These shows will be announced and posted as they complete production. But rest assured, you are in for an evening of great musical ability and incredible performances. The band is led by Brett Belanger on Bass, on piano, Abdiel Iriarte and Ron Wiltrout on Drums. Depending on the show's demands, often a horn or horn section will be added to round out the ensemble. Feb 21 Bass Face, Celebrating Ray Brown Mar 20 Barrel Proof - Uncut & unfiltered original music May 22 CD Release for Amos Hoffman 

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

Thu, Jul 25

Forte Jazz Lounge presents an evening of vocal jazz from the Great American Song Book. Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington are just a few of the composers represented in this night dedicated to the the Great American Songbook and the Vocalists that brought them to life for the past 80+ years. Artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Bobby Darrin, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughn are all celebrated on Thursday Nights. This evening Forte's Owner and veteran Big Band vocalist, Joe Clarke will be entertaining you from 7pm-10pm. 

Soul, R&B and Motown with Charles Grant

Soul, R&B and Motown with Charles Grant

Fri, Jul 26

Charles Grant is a premier vocalist with a band comprised of the finest musicians playing the very best Classic Soul, R&B, Smooth Jazz and Motown hits. 

ROCKETPIANO MAN:  The Very Best of Billy Joel and Elton John with Joe Clarke and the Forte Show Band

ROCKETPIANO MAN: The Very Best of Billy Joel and Elton John with Joe Clarke and the Forte Show Band

Sat, Jul 27

Back by popular demand, Forte's owner Mr. Joe Clarke himself headlines with the hits of Elton John and Billy Joel! We know you know all the words... come join us! BRING YOUR COOL GLASSES, FEATHERS, BOAS, SPARKS, ETC! Joe Clarke, a Charleston native, has been entertaining audiences for 30 years. He brings a new take on the crooner persona. He draws from the tradition of the greats like Sinatra and Tony Bennett, sprinkling with some spicy tones of Rock & Roll. Always witty and engaging, you won't want to miss this Charleston original. The band is made up of Charleston's finest and most exciting musicians. 

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Tue, Jul 30

Salsa Dance Night with Instructor LaQuinn's playlist is one of Forte's most popular and fun nights. Tuesday night is fast becoming one of Forte's most popular and fun nights to come out and socialize. Well known and Charleston's Favorite Salsa Instructor, LaQuinn makes it fun and easy to learn the steps so you and your partner can dance the night away. Flying solo? Have no fear! This is a social dance and everyone dances with everyone. It's a sure way to have some fun and learn some new steps from some new partners. 

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Wed, Jul 31

Brett Belanger produces Wednesday Nights with a focus on many of jazz greats, Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, etc. This band consists of Charleston's best jazz musicians and will explore and focus on a different jazz artist, genre or composer every Wednesday night. These shows will be announced and posted as they complete production. But rest assured, you are in for an evening of great musical ability and incredible performances. The band is led by Brett Belanger on Bass, on piano, Abdiel Iriarte and Ron Wiltrout on Drums. Depending on the show's demands, often a horn or horn section will be added to round out the ensemble. Feb 21 Bass Face, Celebrating Ray Brown Mar 20 Barrel Proof - Uncut & unfiltered original music May 22 CD Release for Amos Hoffman 

Forte Jazz Lounge Gala:  Celebrating 5 years!

Forte Jazz Lounge Gala: Celebrating 5 years!

Thu, Aug 01

Forte Jazz Lounge is celebrating 5 years since we opened our doors to the public. We have seated thousands of patrons to hundreds of shows and we want to celebrate with you. It's no secret that we have worked hard to keep Forte Jazz Lounge open and operating. Big Bands, Great singers, Incredible instrumentalists, Small Combos, R&B, Open Mics, Latin Jazz, Bebop and much more have all gone into creating amazing performances night after night. We want to take a moment with you to look back with gratitude and to look to our future with excitement. This night will be a night to mingle with other jazz supporters while you check out the numerous silent auction items that our friends have been so generous to offer. The House Band will be entertaining, Abdiel Iriarte on Piano, John Kennedy on Bass, Josh Hoover on Drums. I, Joe Clarke, will be singing selections from several of the shows we have produced over the last 5 years. Also included in your ticket price will be a buffet of wonderful selections prepared by our Chef Helene McSweeney. The bar will be a cash bar but your first drink will be on the house via one our tokens you will receive at the door upon arrival. Forte Jazz Lounge has met all the challenges presented. We have enjoyed an enormous amount of Community support when we needed it. The skyrocketing Insurance rates have been and will continue to be an existential threat to our business. It is a requirement by the state and is something that keeps us concerned year after year. Forte is also aligned with Jazz Changes Inc, a 501c3 committed to expanding jazz education with its youth programs and support for jazz musicians. The goal is to provide experiences for young musicians through time with professional jazz educators and performances. That evening, we will be accepting donations for both Forte Jazz Lounge and Jazz Changes Inc. We thank you in advance for opening up your hearts to our Venue. Thank You, Rosie & Joe Clarke 

Forte presents A Celebration of Latin Jazz

Forte presents A Celebration of Latin Jazz

Fri, Aug 02

Musical Director and Pianist Abdiel Iriarte produces this First Friday series exploring Latin Jazz and the Latin Artists that have entertained the world with their infectious rhythms and unique flair for the genre. We are still producing this new series and we will be adding details for each evenings performance. Stay Tuned!! 

Big Band Saturday Night: The Boy's Night Out

Big Band Saturday Night: The Boy's Night Out

Sat, Aug 03

Forte presents a brand new show, The Boy's Night Out. Charles Grant, Joe Clarke and Brian Bohannon will bring to life great tunes sung by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Harry Connick Jr, Michael Buble to name a few. The 17 Piece Forte Big Band under the direction of Frank Duvall will back up this trio of gentlemen. 

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Tue, Aug 06

Salsa Dance Night with Instructor LaQuinn's playlist is one of Forte's most popular and fun nights. Tuesday night is fast becoming one of Forte's most popular and fun nights to come out and socialize. Well known and Charleston's Favorite Salsa Instructor, LaQuinn makes it fun and easy to learn the steps so you and your partner can dance the night away. Flying solo? Have no fear! This is a social dance and everyone dances with everyone. It's a sure way to have some fun and learn some new steps from some new partners. 

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Wed, Aug 07

Brett Belanger produces Wednesday Nights with a focus on many of jazz greats, Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, etc. This band consists of Charleston's best jazz musicians and will explore and focus on a different jazz artist, genre or composer every Wednesday night. These shows will be announced and posted as they complete production. But rest assured, you are in for an evening of great musical ability and incredible performances. The band is led by Brett Belanger on Bass, on piano, Abdiel Iriarte and Ron Wiltrout on Drums. Depending on the show's demands, often a horn or horn section will be added to round out the ensemble. Feb 21 Bass Face, Celebrating Ray Brown Mar 20 Barrel Proof - Uncut & unfiltered original music May 22 CD Release for Amos Hoffman 

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

Thu, Aug 08

Forte Jazz Lounge presents an evening of vocal jazz from the Great American Song Book. Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington are just a few of the composers represented in this night dedicated to the the Great American Songbook and the Vocalists that brought them to life for the past 80+ years. Artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Bobby Darrin, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughn are all celebrated on Thursday Nights. This evening Forte's Owner and veteran Big Band vocalist, Joe Clarke will be entertaining you from 7pm-10pm. 

NIGHT & DAY - The Music of Cole Porter as Sung by Joe Clarke

NIGHT & DAY - The Music of Cole Porter as Sung by Joe Clarke

Fri, Aug 09

Cole Porter is a beloved composer and lyricist of the 1930's and 40's who's music has been famously performed by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and so many more. This evening will feature his music as performed by Forte's owner, Joe Clarke. Joe Clarke has been entertaining audiences for over 30 years. He is a singer that brings the great traditions of the classic and contemporary crooners together. As Forte celebrates it's 5 years of live jazz, we hope you'll join us to listen to one of the world's greatest. The band will be: Abdiel Iriarte - Piano Jon Phillips - Sax John F. Kennedy - Upright Bass Josh Hoover - Drums Joe Clarke - Vocals 

Winelight: An evening of Contemporary and Smooth Jazz

Winelight: An evening of Contemporary and Smooth Jazz

Sat, Aug 10

Prepare to be swept away by the smooth and captivating sounds of contemporary jazz as we welcome you to an unforgettable evening of musical brilliance. On Friday, May 31st, we are thrilled to present two specially curated performances at 7pm and 9:30pm that will celebrate the timeless artistry of some of the most iconic smooth jazz performes from the 80s, 90s, and beyond. Featuring the incomparable music of David Sanborn, Grover Washington Jr., Jeff Lorber, Bob James, Pat Metheny, Spyro Gyra and more, this extraordinary concert will take you on a journey through the golden age of contemporary and smooth jazz. Backed by a world-class ensemble of virtuosic musicians, you'll be mesmerized by the rich harmonies, infectious grooves, and masterful improvisations that define this beloved genre. Whether you're a longtime devotee of contemporary jazz or discovering these legendary artists for the first time, this concert promises to be an evening of pure musical bliss. From the silky smooth sax lines of David Sanborn to the shimmering electric piano of Bob James, each performance will leave you transported, igniting your senses and stirring your soul. Don't miss your chance to experience the timeless magic of contemporary and smooth jazz live on stage. Get your tickets now for this unforgettable evening and get ready to be swept away by the musical mastery of these revered jazz titans. Abdiel Iriarte - Keyboards/Musical Direction Jon Phillips - Sax Thomas Norris - Electric Guitar John F. Kennedy - Electric Bass Josh Hoover - Drums 

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Tue, Aug 13

Salsa Dance Night with Instructor LaQuinn's playlist is one of Forte's most popular and fun nights. Tuesday night is fast becoming one of Forte's most popular and fun nights to come out and socialize. Well known and Charleston's Favorite Salsa Instructor, LaQuinn makes it fun and easy to learn the steps so you and your partner can dance the night away. Flying solo? Have no fear! This is a social dance and everyone dances with everyone. It's a sure way to have some fun and learn some new steps from some new partners. 

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Wed, Aug 14

Brett Belanger produces Wednesday Nights with a focus on many of jazz greats, Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, etc. This band consists of Charleston's best jazz musicians and will explore and focus on a different jazz artist, genre or composer every Wednesday night. These shows will be announced and posted as they complete production. But rest assured, you are in for an evening of great musical ability and incredible performances. The band is led by Brett Belanger on Bass, on piano, Abdiel Iriarte and Ron Wiltrout on Drums. Depending on the show's demands, often a horn or horn section will be added to round out the ensemble. Feb 21 Bass Face, Celebrating Ray Brown Mar 20 Barrel Proof - Uncut & unfiltered original music May 22 CD Release for Amos Hoffman 

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

Thu, Aug 15

Forte Jazz Lounge presents an evening of vocal jazz from the Great American Song Book. Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington are just a few of the composers represented in this night dedicated to the the Great American Songbook and the Vocalists that brought them to life for the past 80+ years. Artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Bobby Darrin, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughn are all celebrated on Thursday Nights. This evening Forte's Owner and veteran Big Band vocalist, Joe Clarke will be entertaining you from 7pm-10pm. 

Legacy: Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Stylistics and more

Legacy: Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Stylistics and more

Fri, Aug 16

Charles Grant leads this Vocal trio through the greatest R & B and Motown Hits of the 60's, 70's & 80's. 

Swing Dance Party featuring the Forte Big Band with Vocalist Jenna Bohannon

Swing Dance Party featuring the Forte Big Band with Vocalist Jenna Bohannon

Sat, Aug 17

Jenna Bohannon has fronted the Forte Big Band and its past iterations with her powerful and serene vocal stylings for aver 15 years . She is complimented by the one and only Forte Big Band playing all the great Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Benny Goodman songs from the 1940's Big Band Era. Every month on third Saturdays, Forte is proud to present for your listening and dancing pleasure our Swing Dance Party. The evening begins from 6:30pm-7:30pm with a Swing dance lesson led by none other than Stephen Duane. Then for the remainder of the evening, until 11:30pm, you can relax and listen to great music from the Early Jazz and Big Band era. Here is a listing of the bands and the dates when they will be appearing: February 17 - The Gatsby Orchestra March 16 - Hotsy Totsy April 20 - The Forte Big Band featuring Jenna Bohannon May 18 - The Gatsby Orchestra June 15 - Hotsy Totsy July 20 - The Gatsby Orchestra August 17 - The Forte Big Band featuring Jenna Bohannon September 21 - Hotsy Totsy October 19 - The Forte Big Band featuring Jenna Bohannon November 16 - The Gatsby Orchestra December 21 - Hotsy Totsy 

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Tue, Aug 20

Salsa Dance Night with Instructor LaQuinn's playlist is one of Forte's most popular and fun nights. Tuesday night is fast becoming one of Forte's most popular and fun nights to come out and socialize. Well known and Charleston's Favorite Salsa Instructor, LaQuinn makes it fun and easy to learn the steps so you and your partner can dance the night away. Flying solo? Have no fear! This is a social dance and everyone dances with everyone. It's a sure way to have some fun and learn some new steps from some new partners. 

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Wed, Aug 21

Brett Belanger produces Wednesday Nights with a focus on many of jazz greats, Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, etc. This band consists of Charleston's best jazz musicians and will explore and focus on a different jazz artist, genre or composer every Wednesday night. These shows will be announced and posted as they complete production. But rest assured, you are in for an evening of great musical ability and incredible performances. The band is led by Brett Belanger on Bass, on piano, Abdiel Iriarte and Ron Wiltrout on Drums. Depending on the show's demands, often a horn or horn section will be added to round out the ensemble. Feb 21 Bass Face, Celebrating Ray Brown Mar 20 Barrel Proof - Uncut & unfiltered original music May 22 CD Release for Amos Hoffman 

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

Thu, Aug 22

Forte Jazz Lounge presents an evening of vocal jazz from the Great American Song Book. Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington are just a few of the composers represented in this night dedicated to the the Great American Songbook and the Vocalists that brought them to life for the past 80+ years. Artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Bobby Darrin, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughn are all celebrated on Thursday Nights. This evening Forte's Owner and veteran Big Band vocalist, Joe Clarke will be entertaining you from 7pm-10pm. 

Soul, R&B and Motown with Charles Grant

Soul, R&B and Motown with Charles Grant

Fri, Aug 23

Charles Grant is a premier vocalist with a band comprised of the finest musicians playing the very best Classic Soul, R&B, Smooth Jazz and Motown hits. 

Inside Out:  A Tribute to Phil Collins

Inside Out: A Tribute to Phil Collins

Sat, Aug 24

Forte Owner, Joe Clarke, as a young musician, found inspiration in the music of Phil Collins inside legendary Prog-Rock trio ,Genesis and outside on his solo career. As Phil Collins career is sunsetting, Joe Clarke feels compelled to pay tribute by producing this deep dive into Phil Collins' iconic sound through 3 decades of his music. Joe Clarke along with the Forte Show Band, replete with horns section, back up vocalists and Joe Clarke on Lead Vocals will put on a show fans of Phil Collins and Genesis will remember for years to come. Newcomers to this music will be thrilled. The show weaves through his career to ensure there is never a dull moment. Some selections from the show will be; "In the Air Tonight," "Against All Odds," "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven," "No Reply at All," "Turn it on Again," and so much more. A total of 20 songs, all of the best of Phil Collins will be performed. You do not want to miss this. Abdiel Iriarte - Musical Direction/Keyboards Joe Clarke - Lead Vocals Jerome Griffin - Bass/Back up Vocals Josh Hoover - Drums Gerald Griffin - Lead Guitar John Holenko - Rhythm Guitar Jon Phillips - Saxes/Back up Vocals Brian Bohannon - Trumpet/Back up Vocals Steve Spaulding - Trombone/Back up Vocals Jenna Bohannon - Back up Vocals Charles Grant - Back up Vocals 

Sinatra: Nothing But The Best | Joe Clarke & Forte Jazz Band

Sinatra: Nothing But The Best | Joe Clarke & Forte Jazz Band

Sat, Aug 24

The Forte Jazz Quartet backs up Joe Clarke as he performs from the vast collection of Sinatra Hits! 

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Tue, Aug 27

Salsa Dance Night with Instructor LaQuinn's playlist is one of Forte's most popular and fun nights. Tuesday night is fast becoming one of Forte's most popular and fun nights to come out and socialize. Well known and Charleston's Favorite Salsa Instructor, LaQuinn makes it fun and easy to learn the steps so you and your partner can dance the night away. Flying solo? Have no fear! This is a social dance and everyone dances with everyone. It's a sure way to have some fun and learn some new steps from some new partners. 

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Wed, Aug 28

Brett Belanger produces Wednesday Nights with a focus on many of jazz greats, Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, etc. This band consists of Charleston's best jazz musicians and will explore and focus on a different jazz artist, genre or composer every Wednesday night. These shows will be announced and posted as they complete production. But rest assured, you are in for an evening of great musical ability and incredible performances. The band is led by Brett Belanger on Bass, on piano, Abdiel Iriarte and Ron Wiltrout on Drums. Depending on the show's demands, often a horn or horn section will be added to round out the ensemble. Feb 21 Bass Face, Celebrating Ray Brown Mar 20 Barrel Proof - Uncut & unfiltered original music May 22 CD Release for Amos Hoffman 

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

Thu, Aug 29

Forte Jazz Lounge presents an evening of vocal jazz from the Great American Song Book. Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington are just a few of the composers represented in this night dedicated to the the Great American Songbook and the Vocalists that brought them to life for the past 80+ years. Artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Bobby Darrin, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughn are all celebrated on Thursday Nights. This evening Forte's Owner and veteran Big Band vocalist, Joe Clarke will be entertaining you from 7pm-10pm. 

Barrel Proof - A Night of Original Jazz

Barrel Proof - A Night of Original Jazz

Fri, Aug 30

Highly sought after Jazz bassist, Brett Belanger has new group that will perform all originals with pianist, Arshak, Drummer, Ron Wiltrout and Robert Lewis on Saxophone. Barrel Proof is a new band based in Charleston, SC that was born out of a weekly session in which Brett, Robert, Arshak, and Ron would play each other’s original compositions. Starting the very first day, it was discovered that the band also shared a mutual appreciation for whiskey which became an integral part of the weekly sessions. All four members of Barrel Proof contribute compositions that span a wide range of influences which makes for a performance that has a vast sonic pallet. Robert Lewis: Based in Charleston, SC, saxophonist/composer/educator Robert Lewis is enjoying a growing presence in the jazz community of the South. Robert is in demand as an artist and clinician, both as a leader and as a sideman. He is the Director of Jazz Studies at the College of Charleston and is the Director of the acclaimed Charleston Jazz Orchestra. Brett Belanger: A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Brett Belanger developed an interest in music performance at the age of 11 when he began playing alto saxophone in middle school band. At age 12 he began playing electric bass and was influenced by artists such as Jaco Pastorius. His jazz education began at this time with multi-instrumentalist Charlie Parker. In high school Brett attended the Fine Art Center studying both saxophone and bass under guitarist Steve Watson while also taking lessons with saxophonist Matt Olson. During this time, he developed a strong foundation in jazz performance and theory while also winning a best-in-class award. Upon graduating, Brett auditioned at the College of Charleston for jazz bass where he earned his B.A. in Jazz Performance under the mentorship of Frank Duvall. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and received three music awards including "Outstanding Student" and "School of the Arts Scholar". After a short time at the college, Brett began studying double bass which he now plays professionally all over the Southeast at restaurants, listening rooms, hotels, and in music festivals. Brett is currently earning his Artist Certificate at the College of Charleston. Arshak Syriunin: Born and raised in the city of Yerevan, Armenia, by the age of seven, Arshak Sirunyan’s natural musical talent had already come to the attention of Sergey Kechek, Director of the A. Spendiarov School of Music; one of the leading musical academies in Armenia. Studying under unparalleled teacher and a music mentor Arkuhi Harutyunyan, Arshak continued his study of classical piano styles for the next 10 years, performing solo concerts and going so far as to receive the third-place award at the 1994 Armenian National J. S. Bach Concerto Competition. Later, he attended and graduated from Komitas State Conservatory, where he concentrated on Composition and Piano Performance under the tutelage of Stephan Rostomyan and Georgy Kasabyan. In the fallowing years Arshak has composed classical and contemporary compositions for vocal, piano, clarinet, string quartet and symphonic orchestra. In 2002, the Armenian Komitas String Quartet performed a work composed by Arshak Sirunyan that was dedicated to the victims of the earthquake that struck Armenia fourteen years earlier. In the year of 2002, after releasing his first album “Armenian Folk Melodies” with his friend Artur Yeghiazaryan, Arshak was granted the great opportunity to come to the United States of America. In 2008 Arshak found and produced a band by name “Double Sharp“with his two childhood friends Levon Mikaelian and Nune Vartanyan, which also includes two veterans of American jazz scene Tony Bunn and Wes Crawford. This gave a birth to the album “With a Song in My Heart“. The same year he began working on his trio album “Journal“[Released in 2010] and Tony’s project “Small World“ [Released in 2009] with Dennis Chambers on drums. In May 2010, “Twitching Eye“from the album “ ” Honorable Mention” from the 2010 International Songwriting Competition. In late 2012 Arshak began working on his “Hoodman’s Blind” project collaborating with multi Grammy Award winning & nominated musicians from all over the world. Featuring Mike Stern, Omar Hakim, Eric Marienthal, Chieli Minucci, Bob Franceschini, Raul Pineda, Cheikh NDoye, John Lamkin III, Arto Tuncboyaciyan, Artyom Manukyan, Artur Yeghiazaryan, Vardanyan String Quartet & more.. Ron Wiltrout is a percussionist based in Charleston, SC. He performs regularly in the Southeast with ensembles whose styles range from jazz and salsa to free improvisation to avant-garde and contemporary classical music. As a performer of new music, he has premiered pieces by Ted Hearne, Michael Pisaro, Sam Sfirri, KCM Walker, Andy Akiho, Sean Friar, Philip White, and Nathan Koci. His work with Ted Hearne has earned him a Grammy Nomination (for Place released 2020.) Wiltrout is devoted to exploring the use of unconventional percussion and extended techniques and integrating the drum set into any musical scenario. A He co-leads multiple jazz groups and is the leader and originator of the band Rad Western. Wiltrout has performed with The Charleston Jazz Orchestra, Barrel Proof, Garage Cuban Band, Harry Allen, Lee Barbour, Tommy Gill, Asphalt Orchestra, Gino Castillo and the Cuban Cowboys, Duda Lucena, Conor Donohue, Lindsay Holler, Matadero, Katrina Ballads, Your Bad Self, and the Opposite of a Train. 

Giant Steps - The Music of John Coltrane

Giant Steps - The Music of John Coltrane

Sat, Aug 31

This band consists of Charleston's best jazz musicians and will explore and focus on a different jazz artist, genre or composer every Wednesday night. This very popular night of performance is dedicated to the genius of John Coltrane. The band is led by Brett Belanger on Bass, on piano, Abdiel Iriarte and Ron Wiltrout on Drums. Mark Sterbank joins this ensemble to perform the iconic sound that is John Coltrane. 

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Tue, Sep 03

Salsa Dance Night with Instructor LaQuinn's playlist is one of Forte's most popular and fun nights. Tuesday night is fast becoming one of Forte's most popular and fun nights to come out and socialize. Well known and Charleston's Favorite Salsa Instructor, LaQuinn makes it fun and easy to learn the steps so you and your partner can dance the night away. Flying solo? Have no fear! This is a social dance and everyone dances with everyone. It's a sure way to have some fun and learn some new steps from some new partners. 

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Wed, Sep 04

Brett Belanger produces Wednesday Nights with a focus on many of jazz greats, Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, etc. This band consists of Charleston's best jazz musicians and will explore and focus on a different jazz artist, genre or composer every Wednesday night. These shows will be announced and posted as they complete production. But rest assured, you are in for an evening of great musical ability and incredible performances. The band is led by Brett Belanger on Bass, on piano, Abdiel Iriarte and Ron Wiltrout on Drums. Depending on the show's demands, often a horn or horn section will be added to round out the ensemble. Feb 21 Bass Face, Celebrating Ray Brown Mar 20 Barrel Proof - Uncut & unfiltered original music May 22 CD Release for Amos Hoffman 

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

Thu, Sep 05

Forte Jazz Lounge presents an evening of vocal jazz from the Great American Song Book. Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington are just a few of the composers represented in this night dedicated to the the Great American Songbook and the Vocalists that brought them to life for the past 80+ years. Artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Bobby Darrin, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughn are all celebrated on Thursday Nights. This evening Forte's Owner and veteran Big Band vocalist, Joe Clarke will be entertaining you from 7pm-10pm. 

Forte presents A Celebration of Latin Jazz

Forte presents A Celebration of Latin Jazz

Fri, Sep 06

Musical Director and Pianist Abdiel Iriarte produces this First Friday series exploring Latin Jazz and the Latin Artists that have entertained the world with their infectious rhythms and unique flair for the genre. We are still producing this new series and we will be adding details for each evenings performance. Stay Tuned!! 

Big Band Saturday Night: Girl Singer

Big Band Saturday Night: Girl Singer

Sat, Sep 07

Jenna Bohannon, Andrea Catangay and Zandrina Dunning will be entertaining you with thrilling renditions of famous girl singer tunes from the Big Band era. Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald to name a few. The Forte Big Band does a sensational job of supporting their lovely voices with arrangements performed by Count Basie, Glenn Miller and Nelson Riddle. You won't want to miss this one. We look forward to entertaining you! 

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Tue, Sep 10

Salsa Dance Night with Instructor LaQuinn's playlist is one of Forte's most popular and fun nights. Tuesday night is fast becoming one of Forte's most popular and fun nights to come out and socialize. Well known and Charleston's Favorite Salsa Instructor, LaQuinn makes it fun and easy to learn the steps so you and your partner can dance the night away. Flying solo? Have no fear! This is a social dance and everyone dances with everyone. It's a sure way to have some fun and learn some new steps from some new partners. 

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Wed, Sep 11

Brett Belanger produces Wednesday Nights with a focus on many of jazz greats, Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, etc. This band consists of Charleston's best jazz musicians and will explore and focus on a different jazz artist, genre or composer every Wednesday night. These shows will be announced and posted as they complete production. But rest assured, you are in for an evening of great musical ability and incredible performances. The band is led by Brett Belanger on Bass, on piano, Abdiel Iriarte and Ron Wiltrout on Drums. Depending on the show's demands, often a horn or horn section will be added to round out the ensemble. Feb 21 Bass Face, Celebrating Ray Brown Mar 20 Barrel Proof - Uncut & unfiltered original music May 22 CD Release for Amos Hoffman 

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

Thu, Sep 12

Forte Jazz Lounge presents an evening of vocal jazz from the Great American Song Book. Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington are just a few of the composers represented in this night dedicated to the the Great American Songbook and the Vocalists that brought them to life for the past 80+ years. Artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Bobby Darrin, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughn are all celebrated on Thursday Nights. This evening Forte's Owner and veteran Big Band vocalist, Joe Clarke will be entertaining you from 7pm-10pm. 

Let the Good Times Roll! - The Music of Ray Charles

Let the Good Times Roll! - The Music of Ray Charles

Fri, Sep 13

Forte Jazz Lounge presents the genius of Ray Charles. Charles Grant sings and is backed up by the Forte band as well as the Fortettes!! 

Joe Clarke Trio at Forte Jazz Lounge

Joe Clarke Trio at Forte Jazz Lounge

Sat, Sep 14

Joe Clarke, Owner of Forte Jazz Lounge, has been entertaining audiences for over 30 years. He has led his own big band and small groups as well. On this night, he'll be at the piano singing his favorite songs from his many influences; Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Tony Bennett. He may also play a few tunes from his other shows that feature Billy Joel, Elton John and Phil Collins. He is joined by his house bandmates: John Kennedy - Bass Josh Hoover - Drums 

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Tue, Sep 17

Salsa Dance Night with Instructor LaQuinn's playlist is one of Forte's most popular and fun nights. Tuesday night is fast becoming one of Forte's most popular and fun nights to come out and socialize. Well known and Charleston's Favorite Salsa Instructor, LaQuinn makes it fun and easy to learn the steps so you and your partner can dance the night away. Flying solo? Have no fear! This is a social dance and everyone dances with everyone. It's a sure way to have some fun and learn some new steps from some new partners. 

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Wed, Sep 18

Brett Belanger produces Wednesday Nights with a focus on many of jazz greats, Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, etc. This band consists of Charleston's best jazz musicians and will explore and focus on a different jazz artist, genre or composer every Wednesday night. These shows will be announced and posted as they complete production. But rest assured, you are in for an evening of great musical ability and incredible performances. The band is led by Brett Belanger on Bass, on piano, Abdiel Iriarte and Ron Wiltrout on Drums. Depending on the show's demands, often a horn or horn section will be added to round out the ensemble. Feb 21 Bass Face, Celebrating Ray Brown Mar 20 Barrel Proof - Uncut & unfiltered original music May 22 CD Release for Amos Hoffman 

The Great American Songbook featuring Alva Anderson

The Great American Songbook featuring Alva Anderson

Thu, Sep 19

Forte Jazz Lounge presents an evening of vocal jazz from the Great American Song Book. Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington are just a few of the composers represented in this night dedicated to the the Great American Songbook and the Vocalists the brought them to life for the past 80+ years. Artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Bobby Darrin, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughn are all celebrated on Thursday Nights. This evening a local favorite and accomplished Jazz vocalist, Alva Anderson will be entertaining you from 7pm-10pm. 

Legacy: Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Stylistics and more

Legacy: Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Stylistics and more

Fri, Sep 20

Charles Grant leads this Vocal trio through the greatest R & B and Motown Hits of the 60's, 70's & 80's. 

Nicole Zuraitis featuring the USC Faculty Jazz Sextet

Nicole Zuraitis featuring the USC Faculty Jazz Sextet

Sat, Sep 21

This special presentation features Nicole Zuraitis, who is a GRAMMY winning and 2X GRAMMY-nominated jazz singer-songwriter, pianist and arranger, New York-based bandleader and winner of the prestigious 2021 American Traditions Vocal Competition Gold Medal. With a “heart as big as her remarkable voice,” (Jazz Police), Nicole has positioned herself as one of the top artists and "prolific songwriters" (Broadway World) to watch in jazz and beyond. Please join us for this stellar line up! Nicole - vocals Matt White - trumpet Lauren Meccia - sax Mike Wilkinson - bone Bert Ligon - piano Craig Butterfield - bass Colleen Clark - drums 

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Tue, Sep 24

Salsa Dance Night with Instructor LaQuinn's playlist is one of Forte's most popular and fun nights. Tuesday night is fast becoming one of Forte's most popular and fun nights to come out and socialize. Well known and Charleston's Favorite Salsa Instructor, LaQuinn makes it fun and easy to learn the steps so you and your partner can dance the night away. Flying solo? Have no fear! This is a social dance and everyone dances with everyone. It's a sure way to have some fun and learn some new steps from some new partners. 

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Wed, Sep 25

Brett Belanger produces Wednesday Nights with a focus on many of jazz greats, Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, etc. This band consists of Charleston's best jazz musicians and will explore and focus on a different jazz artist, genre or composer every Wednesday night. These shows will be announced and posted as they complete production. But rest assured, you are in for an evening of great musical ability and incredible performances. The band is led by Brett Belanger on Bass, on piano, Abdiel Iriarte and Ron Wiltrout on Drums. Depending on the show's demands, often a horn or horn section will be added to round out the ensemble. Feb 21 Bass Face, Celebrating Ray Brown Mar 20 Barrel Proof - Uncut & unfiltered original music May 22 CD Release for Amos Hoffman 

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

Thu, Sep 26

Forte Jazz Lounge presents an evening of vocal jazz from the Great American Song Book. Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington are just a few of the composers represented in this night dedicated to the the Great American Songbook and the Vocalists that brought them to life for the past 80+ years. Artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Bobby Darrin, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughn are all celebrated on Thursday Nights. This evening Forte's Owner and veteran Big Band vocalist, Joe Clarke will be entertaining you from 7pm-10pm. 

Soul, R&B and Motown with Charles Grant

Soul, R&B and Motown with Charles Grant

Fri, Sep 27

Charles Grant is a premier vocalist with a band comprised of the finest musicians playing the very best Classic Soul, R&B, Smooth Jazz and Motown hits. 

ROCKETPIANO MAN:  The Very Best of Billy Joel and Elton John with Joe Clarke and the Forte Show Band

ROCKETPIANO MAN: The Very Best of Billy Joel and Elton John with Joe Clarke and the Forte Show Band

Sat, Sep 28

Back by popular demand, Forte's owner Mr. Joe Clarke himself headlines with the hits of Elton John and Billy Joel! We know you know all the words... come join us! BRING YOUR COOL GLASSES, FEATHERS, BOAS, SPARKS, ETC! Joe Clarke, a Charleston native, has been entertaining audiences for 30 years. He brings a new take on the crooner persona. He draws from the tradition of the greats like Sinatra and Tony Bennett, sprinkling with some spicy tones of Rock & Roll. Always witty and engaging, you won't want to miss this Charleston original. The band is made up of Charleston's finest and most exciting musicians. 

Forte Will Be Closed This Evening

Forte Will Be Closed This Evening

Sun, Sep 29

 

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Tue, Oct 01

Salsa Dance Night with Instructor LaQuinn's playlist is one of Forte's most popular and fun nights. Tuesday night is fast becoming one of Forte's most popular and fun nights to come out and socialize. Well known and Charleston's Favorite Salsa Instructor, LaQuinn makes it fun and easy to learn the steps so you and your partner can dance the night away. Flying solo? Have no fear! This is a social dance and everyone dances with everyone. It's a sure way to have some fun and learn some new steps from some new partners. 

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Wed, Oct 02

Brett Belanger produces Wednesday Nights with a focus on many of jazz greats, Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, etc. This band consists of Charleston's best jazz musicians and will explore and focus on a different jazz artist, genre or composer every Wednesday night. These shows will be announced and posted as they complete production. But rest assured, you are in for an evening of great musical ability and incredible performances. The band is led by Brett Belanger on Bass, on piano, Abdiel Iriarte and Ron Wiltrout on Drums. Depending on the show's demands, often a horn or horn section will be added to round out the ensemble. Feb 21 Bass Face, Celebrating Ray Brown Mar 20 Barrel Proof - Uncut & unfiltered original music May 22 CD Release for Amos Hoffman 

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

Thu, Oct 03

Forte Jazz Lounge presents an evening of vocal jazz from the Great American Song Book. Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington are just a few of the composers represented in this night dedicated to the the Great American Songbook and the Vocalists that brought them to life for the past 80+ years. Artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Bobby Darrin, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughn are all celebrated on Thursday Nights. This evening Forte's Owner and veteran Big Band vocalist, Joe Clarke will be entertaining you from 7pm-10pm. 

Forte presents A Celebration of Latin Jazz

Forte presents A Celebration of Latin Jazz

Fri, Oct 04

Musical Director and Pianist Abdiel Iriarte produces this First Friday series exploring Latin Jazz and the Latin Artists that have entertained the world with their infectious rhythms and unique flair for the genre. We are still producing this new series and we will be adding details for each evenings performance. Stay Tuned!! 

Big Band Saturday Night: Frank and Dean

Big Band Saturday Night: Frank and Dean

Sat, Oct 05

The Forte Big Band performs with Joe Clarke and Brian Bohannon crooning your favorite Sinatra and Martin tunes from the Rat Pack Days. 

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Tue, Oct 08

Salsa Dance Night with Instructor LaQuinn's playlist is one of Forte's most popular and fun nights. Tuesday night is fast becoming one of Forte's most popular and fun nights to come out and socialize. Well known and Charleston's Favorite Salsa Instructor, LaQuinn makes it fun and easy to learn the steps so you and your partner can dance the night away. Flying solo? Have no fear! This is a social dance and everyone dances with everyone. It's a sure way to have some fun and learn some new steps from some new partners. 

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Wed, Oct 09

Brett Belanger produces Wednesday Nights with a focus on many of jazz greats, Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, etc. This band consists of Charleston's best jazz musicians and will explore and focus on a different jazz artist, genre or composer every Wednesday night. These shows will be announced and posted as they complete production. But rest assured, you are in for an evening of great musical ability and incredible performances. The band is led by Brett Belanger on Bass, on piano, Abdiel Iriarte and Ron Wiltrout on Drums. Depending on the show's demands, often a horn or horn section will be added to round out the ensemble. Feb 21 Bass Face, Celebrating Ray Brown Mar 20 Barrel Proof - Uncut & unfiltered original music May 22 CD Release for Amos Hoffman 

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

Thu, Oct 10

Forte Jazz Lounge presents an evening of vocal jazz from the Great American Song Book. Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington are just a few of the composers represented in this night dedicated to the the Great American Songbook and the Vocalists that brought them to life for the past 80+ years. Artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Bobby Darrin, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughn are all celebrated on Thursday Nights. This evening Forte's Owner and veteran Big Band vocalist, Joe Clarke will be entertaining you from 7pm-10pm. 

Out of Sight: The Music of James Brown

Out of Sight: The Music of James Brown

Fri, Oct 11

Charles Grant and Jerome Griffin backed by the Unit band plus the Forte Horns bring to you the high energy music of James Brown. This brand new show brought to you by the guys who perform the popular monthly Legacy Night explores the high energy soul and funk of James Brown. The unit band is made up of Larry Ford on Keys, Jeff Holt on Bass and Cameo on Drums. The Unit Band is joined by the Forte Horns, Steve Spaulding, Ronnie Ward and James Riley. 

Winelight: An evening of Contemporary and Smooth Jazz

Winelight: An evening of Contemporary and Smooth Jazz

Sat, Oct 12

Prepare to be swept away by the smooth and captivating sounds of contemporary jazz as we welcome you to an unforgettable evening of musical brilliance. On Friday, May 31st, we are thrilled to present two specially curated performances at 7pm and 9:30pm that will celebrate the timeless artistry of some of the most iconic smooth jazz performes from the 80s, 90s, and beyond. Featuring the incomparable music of David Sanborn, Grover Washington Jr., Jeff Lorber, Bob James, Pat Metheny, Spyro Gyra and more, this extraordinary concert will take you on a journey through the golden age of contemporary and smooth jazz. Backed by a world-class ensemble of virtuosic musicians, you'll be mesmerized by the rich harmonies, infectious grooves, and masterful improvisations that define this beloved genre. Whether you're a longtime devotee of contemporary jazz or discovering these legendary artists for the first time, this concert promises to be an evening of pure musical bliss. From the silky smooth sax lines of David Sanborn to the shimmering electric piano of Bob James, each performance will leave you transported, igniting your senses and stirring your soul. Don't miss your chance to experience the timeless magic of contemporary and smooth jazz live on stage. Get your tickets now for this unforgettable evening and get ready to be swept away by the musical mastery of these revered jazz titans. Abdiel Iriarte - Keyboards/Musical Direction Jon Phillips - Sax Thomas Norris - Electric Guitar John F. Kennedy - Electric Bass Josh Hoover - Drums 

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Tue, Oct 15

Salsa Dance Night with Instructor LaQuinn's playlist is one of Forte's most popular and fun nights. Tuesday night is fast becoming one of Forte's most popular and fun nights to come out and socialize. Well known and Charleston's Favorite Salsa Instructor, LaQuinn makes it fun and easy to learn the steps so you and your partner can dance the night away. Flying solo? Have no fear! This is a social dance and everyone dances with everyone. It's a sure way to have some fun and learn some new steps from some new partners. 

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Wed, Oct 16

Brett Belanger produces Wednesday Nights with a focus on many of jazz greats, Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, etc. This band consists of Charleston's best jazz musicians and will explore and focus on a different jazz artist, genre or composer every Wednesday night. These shows will be announced and posted as they complete production. But rest assured, you are in for an evening of great musical ability and incredible performances. The band is led by Brett Belanger on Bass, on piano, Abdiel Iriarte and Ron Wiltrout on Drums. Depending on the show's demands, often a horn or horn section will be added to round out the ensemble. Feb 21 Bass Face, Celebrating Ray Brown Mar 20 Barrel Proof - Uncut & unfiltered original music May 22 CD Release for Amos Hoffman 

The Great American Songbook featuring Alva Anderson

The Great American Songbook featuring Alva Anderson

Thu, Oct 17

Forte Jazz Lounge presents an evening of vocal jazz from the Great American Song Book. Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington are just a few of the composers represented in this night dedicated to the the Great American Songbook and the Vocalists the brought them to life for the past 80+ years. Artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Bobby Darrin, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughn are all celebrated on Thursday Nights. This evening a local favorite and accomplished Jazz vocalist, Alva Anderson will be entertaining you from 7pm-10pm. 

Legacy: Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Stylistics and more

Legacy: Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Stylistics and more

Fri, Oct 18

Charles Grant leads this Vocal trio through the greatest R & B and Motown Hits of the 60's, 70's & 80's. 

Swing Dance Party featuring the Forte Big Band with Vocalist Jenna Bohannon

Swing Dance Party featuring the Forte Big Band with Vocalist Jenna Bohannon

Sat, Oct 19

Jenna Bohannon has fronted the Forte Big Band and its past iterations with her powerful and serene vocal stylings for aver 15 years . She is complimented by the one and only Forte Big Band playing all the great Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Benny Goodman songs from the 1940's Big Band Era. Every month on third Saturdays, Forte is proud to present for your listening and dancing pleasure our Swing Dance Party. The evening begins from 6:30pm-7:30pm with a Swing dance lesson led by none other than Stephen Duane. Then for the remainder of the evening, until 11:30pm, you can relax and listen to great music from the Early Jazz and Big Band era. Here is a listing of the bands and the dates when they will be appearing: February 17 - The Gatsby Orchestra March 16 - Hotsy Totsy April 20 - The Forte Big Band featuring Jenna Bohannon May 18 - The Gatsby Orchestra June 15 - Hotsy Totsy July 20 - The Gatsby Orchestra August 17 - The Forte Big Band featuring Jenna Bohannon September 21 - Hotsy Totsy October 19 - The Forte Big Band featuring Jenna Bohannon November 16 - The Gatsby Orchestra December 21 - Hotsy Totsy 

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Tue, Oct 22

Salsa Dance Night with Instructor LaQuinn's playlist is one of Forte's most popular and fun nights. Tuesday night is fast becoming one of Forte's most popular and fun nights to come out and socialize. Well known and Charleston's Favorite Salsa Instructor, LaQuinn makes it fun and easy to learn the steps so you and your partner can dance the night away. Flying solo? Have no fear! This is a social dance and everyone dances with everyone. It's a sure way to have some fun and learn some new steps from some new partners. 

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Wed, Oct 23

Brett Belanger produces Wednesday Nights with a focus on many of jazz greats, Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, etc. This band consists of Charleston's best jazz musicians and will explore and focus on a different jazz artist, genre or composer every Wednesday night. These shows will be announced and posted as they complete production. But rest assured, you are in for an evening of great musical ability and incredible performances. The band is led by Brett Belanger on Bass, on piano, Abdiel Iriarte and Ron Wiltrout on Drums. Depending on the show's demands, often a horn or horn section will be added to round out the ensemble. Feb 21 Bass Face, Celebrating Ray Brown Mar 20 Barrel Proof - Uncut & unfiltered original music May 22 CD Release for Amos Hoffman 

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

Thu, Oct 24

Forte Jazz Lounge presents an evening of vocal jazz from the Great American Song Book. Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington are just a few of the composers represented in this night dedicated to the the Great American Songbook and the Vocalists that brought them to life for the past 80+ years. Artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Bobby Darrin, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughn are all celebrated on Thursday Nights. This evening Forte's Owner and veteran Big Band vocalist, Joe Clarke will be entertaining you from 7pm-10pm. 

Soul, R&B and Motown with Charles Grant

Soul, R&B and Motown with Charles Grant

Fri, Oct 25

Charles Grant is a premier vocalist with a band comprised of the finest musicians playing the very best Classic Soul, R&B, Smooth Jazz and Motown hits. 

Inside Out:  A Tribute to Phil Collins

Inside Out: A Tribute to Phil Collins

Sat, Oct 26

Forte Owner, Joe Clarke, as a young musician, found inspiration in the music of Phil Collins inside legendary Prog-Rock trio ,Genesis and outside on his solo career. As Phil Collins career is sunsetting, Joe Clarke feels compelled to pay tribute by producing this deep dive into Phil Collins' iconic sound through 3 decades of his music. Joe Clarke along with the Forte Show Band, replete with horns section, back up vocalists and Joe Clarke on Lead Vocals will put on a show fans of Phil Collins and Genesis will remember for years to come. Newcomers to this music will be thrilled. The show weaves through his career to ensure there is never a dull moment. Some selections from the show will be; "In the Air Tonight," "Against All Odds," "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven," "No Reply at All," "Turn it on Again," and so much more. A total of 20 songs, all of the best of Phil Collins will be performed. You do not want to miss this. Abdiel Iriarte - Musical Direction/Keyboards Joe Clarke - Lead Vocals Jerome Griffin - Bass/Back up Vocals Josh Hoover - Drums Gerald Griffin - Lead Guitar John Holenko - Rhythm Guitar Jon Phillips - Saxes/Back up Vocals Brian Bohannon - Trumpet/Back up Vocals Steve Spaulding - Trombone/Back up Vocals Jenna Bohannon - Back up Vocals Charles Grant - Back up Vocals 

Sinatra: Nothing But The Best | Joe Clarke & Forte Jazz Band

Sinatra: Nothing But The Best | Joe Clarke & Forte Jazz Band

Sat, Oct 26

The Forte Jazz Quartet backs up Joe Clarke as he performs from the vast collection of Sinatra Hits! 

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Tue, Oct 29

Salsa Dance Night with Instructor LaQuinn's playlist is one of Forte's most popular and fun nights. Tuesday night is fast becoming one of Forte's most popular and fun nights to come out and socialize. Well known and Charleston's Favorite Salsa Instructor, LaQuinn makes it fun and easy to learn the steps so you and your partner can dance the night away. Flying solo? Have no fear! This is a social dance and everyone dances with everyone. It's a sure way to have some fun and learn some new steps from some new partners. 

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Wed, Oct 30

Brett Belanger produces Wednesday Nights with a focus on many of jazz greats, Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, etc. This band consists of Charleston's best jazz musicians and will explore and focus on a different jazz artist, genre or composer every Wednesday night. These shows will be announced and posted as they complete production. But rest assured, you are in for an evening of great musical ability and incredible performances. The band is led by Brett Belanger on Bass, on piano, Abdiel Iriarte and Ron Wiltrout on Drums. Depending on the show's demands, often a horn or horn section will be added to round out the ensemble. Feb 21 Bass Face, Celebrating Ray Brown Mar 20 Barrel Proof - Uncut & unfiltered original music May 22 CD Release for Amos Hoffman 

Forte presents A Celebration of Latin Jazz

Forte presents A Celebration of Latin Jazz

Fri, Nov 01

Musical Director and Pianist Abdiel Iriarte produces this First Friday series exploring Latin Jazz and the Latin Artists that have entertained the world with their infectious rhythms and unique flair for the genre. We are still producing this new series and we will be adding details for each evenings performance. Stay Tuned!! 

Big Band Saturday Night:  It's Joe Clarke's Birthday

Big Band Saturday Night: It's Joe Clarke's Birthday

Sat, Nov 02

Owner of Forte Jazz Lounge celebrates his birthday in spectacular form by singing his favorite tunes in front of the the 17 Piece Forte Big Band under the direction of Frank Duvall. Joe Clarke will be covering, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Harry Connick Jr and so much more. Joe Clarke has entertained audiences for over 30 years. You are guaranteed to be impressed by this very special production. 

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Tue, Nov 05

Salsa Dance Night with Instructor LaQuinn's playlist is one of Forte's most popular and fun nights. Tuesday night is fast becoming one of Forte's most popular and fun nights to come out and socialize. Well known and Charleston's Favorite Salsa Instructor, LaQuinn makes it fun and easy to learn the steps so you and your partner can dance the night away. Flying solo? Have no fear! This is a social dance and everyone dances with everyone. It's a sure way to have some fun and learn some new steps from some new partners. 

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Wed, Nov 06

Brett Belanger produces Wednesday Nights with a focus on many of jazz greats, Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, etc. This band consists of Charleston's best jazz musicians and will explore and focus on a different jazz artist, genre or composer every Wednesday night. These shows will be announced and posted as they complete production. But rest assured, you are in for an evening of great musical ability and incredible performances. The band is led by Brett Belanger on Bass, on piano, Abdiel Iriarte and Ron Wiltrout on Drums. Depending on the show's demands, often a horn or horn section will be added to round out the ensemble. Feb 21 Bass Face, Celebrating Ray Brown Mar 20 Barrel Proof - Uncut & unfiltered original music May 22 CD Release for Amos Hoffman 

The Great American Songbook featuring Alva Anderson

The Great American Songbook featuring Alva Anderson

Thu, Nov 07

Forte Jazz Lounge presents an evening of vocal jazz from the Great American Song Book. Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington are just a few of the composers represented in this night dedicated to the the Great American Songbook and the Vocalists the brought them to life for the past 80+ years. Artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Bobby Darrin, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughn are all celebrated on Thursday Nights. This evening a local favorite and accomplished Jazz vocalist, Alva Anderson will be entertaining you from 7pm-10pm. 

Let the Good Times Roll! - The Music of Ray Charles

Let the Good Times Roll! - The Music of Ray Charles

Fri, Nov 08

Forte Jazz Lounge presents the genius of Ray Charles. Charles Grant sings and is backed up by the Forte band as well as the Fortettes!! 

Winelight: An evening of Contemporary and Smooth Jazz

Winelight: An evening of Contemporary and Smooth Jazz

Sat, Nov 09

Prepare to be swept away by the smooth and captivating sounds of contemporary jazz as we welcome you to an unforgettable evening of musical brilliance. On Friday, May 31st, we are thrilled to present two specially curated performances at 7pm and 9:30pm that will celebrate the timeless artistry of some of the most iconic smooth jazz performes from the 80s, 90s, and beyond. Featuring the incomparable music of David Sanborn, Grover Washington Jr., Jeff Lorber, Bob James, Pat Metheny, Spyro Gyra and more, this extraordinary concert will take you on a journey through the golden age of contemporary and smooth jazz. Backed by a world-class ensemble of virtuosic musicians, you'll be mesmerized by the rich harmonies, infectious grooves, and masterful improvisations that define this beloved genre. Whether you're a longtime devotee of contemporary jazz or discovering these legendary artists for the first time, this concert promises to be an evening of pure musical bliss. From the silky smooth sax lines of David Sanborn to the shimmering electric piano of Bob James, each performance will leave you transported, igniting your senses and stirring your soul. Don't miss your chance to experience the timeless magic of contemporary and smooth jazz live on stage. Get your tickets now for this unforgettable evening and get ready to be swept away by the musical mastery of these revered jazz titans. Abdiel Iriarte - Keyboards/Musical Direction Jon Phillips - Sax Thomas Norris - Electric Guitar John F. Kennedy - Electric Bass Josh Hoover - Drums 

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Tue, Nov 12

Salsa Dance Night with Instructor LaQuinn's playlist is one of Forte's most popular and fun nights. Tuesday night is fast becoming one of Forte's most popular and fun nights to come out and socialize. Well known and Charleston's Favorite Salsa Instructor, LaQuinn makes it fun and easy to learn the steps so you and your partner can dance the night away. Flying solo? Have no fear! This is a social dance and everyone dances with everyone. It's a sure way to have some fun and learn some new steps from some new partners. 

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Wed, Nov 13

Brett Belanger produces Wednesday Nights with a focus on many of jazz greats, Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, etc. This band consists of Charleston's best jazz musicians and will explore and focus on a different jazz artist, genre or composer every Wednesday night. These shows will be announced and posted as they complete production. But rest assured, you are in for an evening of great musical ability and incredible performances. The band is led by Brett Belanger on Bass, on piano, Abdiel Iriarte and Ron Wiltrout on Drums. Depending on the show's demands, often a horn or horn section will be added to round out the ensemble. Feb 21 Bass Face, Celebrating Ray Brown Mar 20 Barrel Proof - Uncut & unfiltered original music May 22 CD Release for Amos Hoffman 

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

Thu, Nov 14

Forte Jazz Lounge presents an evening of vocal jazz from the Great American Song Book. Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington are just a few of the composers represented in this night dedicated to the the Great American Songbook and the Vocalists that brought them to life for the past 80+ years. Artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Bobby Darrin, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughn are all celebrated on Thursday Nights. This evening Forte's Owner and veteran Big Band vocalist, Joe Clarke will be entertaining you from 7pm-10pm. 

Legacy: Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Stylistics and more

Legacy: Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Stylistics and more

Fri, Nov 15

Charles Grant leads this Vocal trio through the greatest R & B and Motown Hits of the 60's, 70's & 80's. 

Swing Dance Party featuring the Gatsby Orchestra!

Swing Dance Party featuring the Gatsby Orchestra!

Sat, Nov 16

Come Dance and Listen to Authentic 1920's and Early Big Band played by a 12 Piece Orchestra. Co founders Billy McSweeney and Jack Pettit have assembled the best jazz musicians to help you experience the great dance music of the early jazz era. We encourage you to come dress the part as Flappers and Dapper Dans take to the dance floor to strut their stuff. Every month on third Saturdays, Forte is proud to present for your listening and dancing pleasure our Swing Dance Party. The evening begins from 6:30pm-7:30pm with a Swing dance lesson led by none other than Stephen Duane. Then for the remainder of the evening, until 11:30pm, you can relax and listen to great music from the Early Jazz and Big Band era. Here is a listing of the bands and the dates when they will be appearing: February 17 - The Gatsby Orchestra March 16 - Hotsy Totsy April 20 - The Forte Big Band featuring Jenna Bohannon May 18 - The Gatsby Orchestra June 15 - Hotsy Totsy July 20 - The Gatsby Orchestra August 17 - The Forte Big Band featuring Jenna Bohannon September 21 - Hotsy Totsy October 19 - The Forte Big Band featuring Jenna Bohannon November 16 - The Gatsby Orchestra December 21 - Hotsy Totsy 

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Tue, Nov 19

Salsa Dance Night with Instructor LaQuinn's playlist is one of Forte's most popular and fun nights. Tuesday night is fast becoming one of Forte's most popular and fun nights to come out and socialize. Well known and Charleston's Favorite Salsa Instructor, LaQuinn makes it fun and easy to learn the steps so you and your partner can dance the night away. Flying solo? Have no fear! This is a social dance and everyone dances with everyone. It's a sure way to have some fun and learn some new steps from some new partners. 

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Wed, Nov 20

Brett Belanger produces Wednesday Nights with a focus on many of jazz greats, Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, etc. This band consists of Charleston's best jazz musicians and will explore and focus on a different jazz artist, genre or composer every Wednesday night. These shows will be announced and posted as they complete production. But rest assured, you are in for an evening of great musical ability and incredible performances. The band is led by Brett Belanger on Bass, on piano, Abdiel Iriarte and Ron Wiltrout on Drums. Depending on the show's demands, often a horn or horn section will be added to round out the ensemble. Feb 21 Bass Face, Celebrating Ray Brown Mar 20 Barrel Proof - Uncut & unfiltered original music May 22 CD Release for Amos Hoffman 

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

Thu, Nov 21

Forte Jazz Lounge presents an evening of vocal jazz from the Great American Song Book. Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington are just a few of the composers represented in this night dedicated to the the Great American Songbook and the Vocalists that brought them to life for the past 80+ years. Artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Bobby Darrin, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughn are all celebrated on Thursday Nights. This evening Forte's Owner and veteran Big Band vocalist, Joe Clarke will be entertaining you from 7pm-10pm. 

Soul, R&B and Motown with Charles Grant

Soul, R&B and Motown with Charles Grant

Fri, Nov 22

Charles Grant is a premier vocalist with a band comprised of the finest musicians playing the very best Classic Soul, R&B, Smooth Jazz and Motown hits. 

Sinatra: Nothing But The Best | Joe Clarke & Forte Jazz Band

Sinatra: Nothing But The Best | Joe Clarke & Forte Jazz Band

Sat, Nov 23

The Forte Jazz Quartet backs up Joe Clarke as he performs from the vast collection of Sinatra Hits! 

Forte Will Be Closed This Evening

Forte Will Be Closed This Evening

Sun, Nov 24

 

Forte Will Be Closed This Evening

Forte Will Be Closed This Evening

Mon, Nov 25

 

Forte Will Be Closed This Evening

Forte Will Be Closed This Evening

Tue, Nov 26

 

Forte Will Be Closed This Evening

Forte Will Be Closed This Evening

Wed, Nov 27

 

Forte Will Be Closed This Evening

Forte Will Be Closed This Evening

Thu, Nov 28

 

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Tue, Dec 03

Salsa Dance Night with Instructor LaQuinn's playlist is one of Forte's most popular and fun nights. Tuesday night is fast becoming one of Forte's most popular and fun nights to come out and socialize. Well known and Charleston's Favorite Salsa Instructor, LaQuinn makes it fun and easy to learn the steps so you and your partner can dance the night away. Flying solo? Have no fear! This is a social dance and everyone dances with everyone. It's a sure way to have some fun and learn some new steps from some new partners. 

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Wed, Dec 04

Brett Belanger produces Wednesday Nights with a focus on many of jazz greats, Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, etc. This band consists of Charleston's best jazz musicians and will explore and focus on a different jazz artist, genre or composer every Wednesday night. These shows will be announced and posted as they complete production. But rest assured, you are in for an evening of great musical ability and incredible performances. The band is led by Brett Belanger on Bass, on piano, Abdiel Iriarte and Ron Wiltrout on Drums. Depending on the show's demands, often a horn or horn section will be added to round out the ensemble. Feb 21 Bass Face, Celebrating Ray Brown Mar 20 Barrel Proof - Uncut & unfiltered original music May 22 CD Release for Amos Hoffman 

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

Thu, Dec 05

Forte Jazz Lounge presents an evening of vocal jazz from the Great American Song Book. Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington are just a few of the composers represented in this night dedicated to the the Great American Songbook and the Vocalists that brought them to life for the past 80+ years. Artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Bobby Darrin, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughn are all celebrated on Thursday Nights. This evening Forte's Owner and veteran Big Band vocalist, Joe Clarke will be entertaining you from 7pm-10pm. 

Forte presents A Celebration of Latin Jazz

Forte presents A Celebration of Latin Jazz

Fri, Dec 06

Musical Director and Pianist Abdiel Iriarte produces this First Friday series exploring Latin Jazz and the Latin Artists that have entertained the world with their infectious rhythms and unique flair for the genre. We are still producing this new series and we will be adding details for each evenings performance. Stay Tuned!! 

Big Band Saturday Night: Forte Big Band Plays Christmas Favs

Big Band Saturday Night: Forte Big Band Plays Christmas Favs

Sat, Dec 07

The Forte Big Band performs great Christmas tunes with a Big Band flair. Tunes from Sinatra, Brian Setzer and Vince Guaraldi to name a few. 

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Tue, Dec 10

Salsa Dance Night with Instructor LaQuinn's playlist is one of Forte's most popular and fun nights. Tuesday night is fast becoming one of Forte's most popular and fun nights to come out and socialize. Well known and Charleston's Favorite Salsa Instructor, LaQuinn makes it fun and easy to learn the steps so you and your partner can dance the night away. Flying solo? Have no fear! This is a social dance and everyone dances with everyone. It's a sure way to have some fun and learn some new steps from some new partners. 

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Wed, Dec 11

Brett Belanger produces Wednesday Nights with a focus on many of jazz greats, Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, etc. This band consists of Charleston's best jazz musicians and will explore and focus on a different jazz artist, genre or composer every Wednesday night. These shows will be announced and posted as they complete production. But rest assured, you are in for an evening of great musical ability and incredible performances. The band is led by Brett Belanger on Bass, on piano, Abdiel Iriarte and Ron Wiltrout on Drums. Depending on the show's demands, often a horn or horn section will be added to round out the ensemble. Feb 21 Bass Face, Celebrating Ray Brown Mar 20 Barrel Proof - Uncut & unfiltered original music May 22 CD Release for Amos Hoffman 

Happy Birthday, Mr. Sinatra!

Happy Birthday, Mr. Sinatra!

Thu, Dec 12

The Forte Big Band, Charleston's Favorite 17 Piece Big Band, pays tribute to "The Voice," Frank Sinatra. Join us as we wish Frank Sinatra a Happy 108th Birthday. The Forte Big Band, in this yearly concert, will perform great hits like "Fly Me to the Moon," "Lady is a Tramp," and "My Way". This band is the flagship musical organization of Forte Jazz Lounge. This band and venue are becoming a popular destination for music lovers from all over the east coast. Get your tickets soon as they will go fast for this very popular show. 

All Night Long: The Best of Lionel Richie

All Night Long: The Best of Lionel Richie

Fri, Dec 13

Charles Grant breaths new life into Lionel Ritchie's greatest hits. The Forte house band backs him up in creating these iconic songs. 

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Salsa Dance Night at Forte

Tue, Dec 17

Salsa Dance Night with Instructor LaQuinn's playlist is one of Forte's most popular and fun nights. Tuesday night is fast becoming one of Forte's most popular and fun nights to come out and socialize. Well known and Charleston's Favorite Salsa Instructor, LaQuinn makes it fun and easy to learn the steps so you and your partner can dance the night away. Flying solo? Have no fear! This is a social dance and everyone dances with everyone. It's a sure way to have some fun and learn some new steps from some new partners. 

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Instrumental Jazz Night featuring The Brett Belanger Trio

Wed, Dec 18

Brett Belanger produces Wednesday Nights with a focus on many of jazz greats, Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, etc. This band consists of Charleston's best jazz musicians and will explore and focus on a different jazz artist, genre or composer every Wednesday night. These shows will be announced and posted as they complete production. But rest assured, you are in for an evening of great musical ability and incredible performances. The band is led by Brett Belanger on Bass, on piano, Abdiel Iriarte and Ron Wiltrout on Drums. Depending on the show's demands, often a horn or horn section will be added to round out the ensemble. Feb 21 Bass Face, Celebrating Ray Brown Mar 20 Barrel Proof - Uncut & unfiltered original music May 22 CD Release for Amos Hoffman 

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

The Great American Songbook featuring Joe Clarke

Thu, Dec 19

Forte Jazz Lounge presents an evening of vocal jazz from the Great American Song Book. Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington are just a few of the composers represented in this night dedicated to the the Great American Songbook and the Vocalists that brought them to life for the past 80+ years. Artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Bobby Darrin, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughn are all celebrated on Thursday Nights. This evening Forte's Owner and veteran Big Band vocalist, Joe Clarke will be entertaining you from 7pm-10pm. 

Legacy: Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Stylistics and more

Legacy: Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Stylistics and more

Fri, Dec 20

Charles Grant leads this Vocal trio through the greatest R & B and Motown Hits of the 60's, 70's & 80's. 

The Kat and Joe Christmas Show! An Evening of Jazz and Christmas Spirit.

The Kat and Joe Christmas Show! An Evening of Jazz and Christmas Spirit.

Sat, Dec 21

 

Forte Will Be Closed This Evening

Forte Will Be Closed This Evening

Tue, Dec 24

 

Forte Will Be Closed This Evening

Forte Will Be Closed This Evening

Wed, Dec 25

 

Forte Will Be Closed This Evening

Forte Will Be Closed This Evening

Thu, Dec 26

 

Soul, R&B and Motown with Charles Grant

Soul, R&B and Motown with Charles Grant

Fri, Dec 27

Charles Grant is a premier vocalist with a band comprised of the finest musicians playing the very best Classic Soul, R&B, Smooth Jazz and Motown hits. 

ROCKETPIANO MAN:  The Very Best of Billy Joel and Elton John with Joe Clarke and the Forte Show Band

ROCKETPIANO MAN: The Very Best of Billy Joel and Elton John with Joe Clarke and the Forte Show Band

Sat, Dec 28

Back by popular demand, Forte's owner Mr. Joe Clarke himself headlines with the hits of Elton John and Billy Joel! We know you know all the words... come join us! BRING YOUR COOL GLASSES, FEATHERS, BOAS, SPARKS, ETC! Joe Clarke, a Charleston native, has been entertaining audiences for 30 years. He brings a new take on the crooner persona. He draws from the tradition of the greats like Sinatra and Tony Bennett, sprinkling with some spicy tones of Rock & Roll. Always witty and engaging, you won't want to miss this Charleston original. The band is made up of Charleston's finest and most exciting musicians.