ColaJazz Academy

A driving beat in jazz education, the ColaJazz Foundation bolsters our community with the ColaJazz Academy – an exciting series of jazz classes and workshops taught by authorities of their craft. Spearheaded by bassist and educator, Sam Edwards, these sessions are for anyone who enjoys learning, growing, and exploring; especially, those who have an inclination towards jazz (a.k.a. black American music). 

Wednesdays, September 6 – October 4

Doors 6pm  |  Start 6:30p  |  Ends 7:30p / 8p

ColaJazz Foundation Office
2123 College Street
Columbia, SC 29205

9/6Dick GoodwinProgramming and ArrangingDoes what you program and how you present it keep your audiences coming back for more? Explore this concept as well as arranging tips with distinguished jazz trumpeter, composer, and arranger Dr. Dick Goodwin
9/13Ben EidsonInvestigating Various Approaches to Improvisational PracticeBen Eidson guides you through examining the improvisational/musical practices of artists like Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton and others to figure out how we can expand our conception of musical interaction and improvisation.
9/20Nick VlandisGetting Off of The BookNick Vlandis will show you methods on how to ditch the Real Book and learn jazz standards in a practical way allowing you to hear new tunes with ease!
9/27Amos HoffmanJazz Meets The Middle EastJoin Amos Hoffman as he demonstrates and explains the way that American Jazz and Middle Eastern traditional music are fused into a great musical marriage that includes common elements such as harmony, improvisation, ect…
10/4Sam EdwardsCommon Progressions in JazzLearn how to identify, learn, and remember common patterns/progressions in jazz standards. We will look at various examples of jazz standards that are often played in a typical gig setting and skills to enhance tune retention!