On December 20, 2018, the founder of the ColaJazz organization Mark Rapp met with SC Governor Henry McMaster to advocate for our jazz community in Columbia, SC and throughout South Carolina. Mark revealed to the Governor our vibrant jazz community and the palpable feeling of our collective
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We are delighted and humbled to receive a generous sponsorship from a very beautiful soul who believes in ColaJazz’s mission to grow, elevate and bolster the jazz community in and around Columbia, SC through recordings, events, education and providing an organized resource for all things jazz. ColaJazz
We are delighted and humbled to receive a generous sponsorship from the amazing Blue Moon Ballroom who believes in ColaJazz’s mission to grow, elevate and bolster the jazz community in and around Columbia, SC through recordings, events, education and providing an organized resource for all things jazz.
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
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