Jazz Arts Initiative 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. Cocktail Reception begins at 6:00pm; Spring Gala begins at 7:00pm. Cost is $200 per person and limited tickets can be purchased online from the JAI website - thejazzarts.org - or by calling 704-334-3900.