Eboni Ramm is one of precious lights in the Columbia jazz community - you just feel good when she is around. She is naturally a supportive person, soulful and insightful. She has the heart of a teacher and a passion for jazz. She does some amazing work
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It was a GREAT DAY in COLUMBIA JAZZ on Sunday, August 12th when over 70 local jazz stars showed up to shine! It was moving to watch everyone greet each other, smile, tell stories and enjoy each other's company. This is what jazz music does - it
52 participants ages 14 - 83 of all levels and demographics took part in our 2018 USC ColaJazz Camp over a 3 day weekend! It was a phenomenal experience comprised of 8 combos, theory classes, specialized sectionals, concerts, jam sessions, a NEA Jazz Master giving not one, but two,
Abiud Flores is a family man, a military man, and an amazing musician who is a true joy to listen to and to make music with. He is kind, humble and lives a life of gratitude. When I first met Abiud, he was a little shy in
Carl Payne is man of few words. He's direct, humble and kind. He's also a solid trumpeter and has taken on the difficult task of running a Big Band. This is no small endeavor and we in Columbia, SC are lucky to have him around. I had
Kyle Whitlock is a very unassuming cat, but he has a rich, colorful history - he's shared the stage with Delbert McClinton and once played piano at a private reception for former President Gerald Ford. He's quiet, he's friendly, he's good people. He plays with a wide
Dick Goodwin is legendary in South Carolina and known in many parts of our planet. He's a soulful, sweet improviser on the trumpet, a fantastic pianist, awesome arranger from small groups to big bands, a great leader and a humble, intelligent, thoughtful man. He's soft spoken, but
Nick Brewer. All you have to do is say his name and you have to smile. He is easily one of the most well-known musicians around Columbia, SC and one of the most interesting in character, attitude and artistry. His reputation precedes him in every way you
Jim Mings is easily one of our greatest treasures. He is a beautiful cat inside and out, an encyclopedia of jazz songs, a brilliant guitarist, and one of the most interesting improvisers you'll experience. Whether he's playing a standard from the American songbook or a country tune,
Shannon "True Blue" or "Deon Blue" Pinkney is a beautiful and fun pianist here in Columbia, SC. He always plays with a smile and exudes joy, calmness, and humility everywhere he goes. Listening to him is a treat as he aims for melodic expression and often interjects