The ColaJazz Foundation who has brought to Columbia, SC an annual jazz festival, an annual summer jazz camp, Jazz for Young People concerts with the ColaJazz Little Big Band at the Koger Center for the Arts, after-school jazz workshops in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center, quarterly
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Tommy Embrich is a freelancing percussionist, composer, and educator living in Columbia, SC. He currently holds positions as percussion accompanist for the University of South Carolina Department of Theatre and Dance, and applied drum set lessons instructor for Columbia Arts Academy, aside performing with independent projects throughout
The ColaJazz Foundation is dedicated to bringing people together. We are an organization that celebrates the unique music created by Africans and black Americans who, out of a terrible darkness, gave us one of the brightest cultural lights the world has ever seen, jazz. Jazz continues to
Ellis Marsalis, jazz pianist, educator, and patriarch of the Marsalis family, has died at the age of 85. His death was announced in tweets from New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Jazz at Lincoln Center, where his son Wynton is managing and artistic director. He reportedly went
The Who’s on the Move, BizSC, Artist Minute is a quick, two-minute interview in support of the undeniable impact that the arts and local artists have on our communities. One of the main drivers of a strong local economy as well as attracting talent to a region
The majority of in-person jazz shows for the next month or so have been obliterated. ColaJazz has created a weekly virtual club crawl supporting our jazz artists and venues. Tune in every Wednesday night from 8p-9p at facebook.com/colajazz! WEDNESDAYS @ 8PM. WATCH THE LIVESTREAM HERE: https://facebook.com/colajazz SECURELY
A new virtual tipping website for artists has launched. Since most of us can't go out to our favorite jazz venue and more and more musicians are turning to streaming their shows, why not continue to support and tip our musicians who are being hit very, very
As many of our jazz musicians are looking to earn money by teaching online, we have gathered a handful of links to online lesson platforms which can expedite your efforts to be up and running in no time! We hope the following resources serve you well. We’re
ColaJazz Foundation Executive Director Mark Rapp is named an "Experience Columbia Ambassador" for 2020 along with 3 other incredibly influential movers & shakers all working hard to make Columbia, SC an exciting place to live and work! Named SC Jazz Ambassador by the State Legislature in 2018,
The “gift of story and song” runs through the African-American experience from slavery to the speeches of the first black president of the United States—and a portion of it emerged from the South Carolina lowcountry. Performed by Gullah people, slave songs such as “Michael, Row the Boat