UPCOMING EVENTS.

  • Dante Lewis at Travinia

    Enjoy the soulful sounds of one of SC’s most gifted saxophonists Dante Lewis! Set in an elegan...

    March 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, happening 40 times

    at Travinia Italian Kitchen
  • Althea René Presents The Essence of Soul Jazz

    The dynamic, soulful performer is one of the world’s most exciting solo improvisational flutis...

    March 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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    This events happens twice.
    at Chayz Lounge
  • Concert & Jam Session

    The Mark Rapp QUARTET presents a super fun “Back to the Basics” show and jam session. We...

    March 5 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm at The Aristocrat

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WHAT WE DO.

OUTREACH

Jazz is uplifting, instills hope, fuels healing and creates a lasting experience. From a parent seeing their child light up finding focus through the music, to a cancer patient forgetting about the pain for moment, to a troubled youth experiencing the possibilities of healthier communication and more, ColaJazz Outreach makes a difference. We strive to enrich and inspire the Midlands community by sharing jazz anywhere it is needed.

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EDUCATION

ColaJazz is the driving beat and resource for the best in jazz education. Having partnered with Jazz at Lincoln Center presenting and tailoring their after-school content to presenting Jazz for Young People concerts to 2,000 3rd graders to our annual summer jazz camp, ColaJazz Education is a powerful, engaging and exciting resource of curriculum, clinics, master classes and mentorship. ColaJazz Education brings the important history and value of jazz to life, supports local musicians, and offers programs to all ages of any background.

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PERFORMANCES

ColaJazz brings the world of jazz to life! ColaJazz has established an annual season presenting world-class jazz enriching our community with an annual Jazz Fest, quarterly “Live in the Lobby” programs with the Koger Center for the Arts, monthly “Dinner & Jazz” shows, LIVEstream concerts, special popup presentations and more. We aim to support our local artists and make our capital city a thriving center for jazz in SC.

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LATEST NEWS.

  • 2021 Governor’s Award
    The ColaJazz Foundation is the recipient of the 2021 Governor’s Award alongside some wonderful artists including Charlton Singleton, Tayloe Harding, Jennifer C Evins, Marjory Wentworth and in business, Colonial Life. The Governor’s Awards for the Arts is the highest honor … Read more
  • 2020 Annual Report
    2020 was an epic year in so many ways. The ColaJazz Foundation Board of Directors presents this video summarizing the highlights of our work in 2020. The ColaJazz Foundation stepped up from the very beginnings of the COVID19-pandemic. We have … Read more
  • COLAJAZZ in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
    The The Wall Street Journal picked up on our hard work in 2020! https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-new-face-of-charitable-giving-during-the-pandemic-11611334800 “The pandemic has inspired a wave of charitable giving—some through traditional methods, some by more innovative means.” Here’s our mention… ‘Mark Rapp, a trumpet player in … Read more

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JAZZ MORE!

ColaJazz is dedicated to grow, promote and support the jazz community in the Midlands through events, education, recordings and advocacy in order to create a thriving culturally rich community.

The ColaJazz Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community-minded SC jazz organization involving musicians, educators, patrons, students, and anyone who desires the development of our capital city’s arts heritage.

ColaJazz provides access to world class musicians, supports our own, invests in our future and does everything we can to ensure jazz has a home here in Columbia, SC.

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