On a Friday morning in June, about 700 kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands and the Boys & Girls Club of Kershaw County experienced jazz music! They learned about the history of jazz, the different instruments and the sounds they make, and how
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ColaJazz is one of fifteen arts organizations chosen to beta-test the new Jazz at Lincoln Center After-School Content. ColaJazz is able to present this new jazz curriculum to underserved schools and young people by partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands. "We know from
Mark Rapp, Founder and Director of Colajazz, is passionate about bringing the sounds and message of Jazz music to everyone and creating work for musicians. He stated, "Whether we are playing for one or one-thousand, ColaJazz Outreach serves our communities - period." Recently, ColaJazz Outreach sent two
Part of ColaJazz's multifaceted efforts to support the Midlands community comes in the form of sleepy-eyed jazz musicians arriving at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital before 10AM and promptly filling the lobby and upper floors with the sounds of jazz music. It might be a duo, trio or
July 30th is officially known as "Drink Small Day" in Columbia, SC. ColaJazz in partnership with the White Mule, Cottontown Soul Society, Freeway Music and Sara Williams celebrated our beloved Blues Doctor with speeches, music, and awesome community fellowship! Shelley Magee of the Cottontown Soul Society said,
On July 10, 2019, the Founder and CEO of ColaJazz, Mark Rapp, interviewed with Mike Switzer on his popular program the "South Carolina Business Review". The South Carolina Business Review focuses on news from South Carolina's business community with interviews of leaders from around the state. "It
The Koger Center for the Arts is proud to introduce the inaugural, groundbreaking season of Live in the Lobby: Koger Center Jazz! ColaJazz Founder and CEO Mark Rapp says, "I'm very proud of the work we've done with the Koger Center for the Arts. It has been
Niles Lewis is a dynamic player with a fun, energetic personality. He has a well-earned reputation for making the most intriguing facial expressions during his adventurous and thoughtful solos and is simply a joy to listen to, work with, watch and be around. He recently joined up
ColaJazz is nominated in three categories in the Freetimes Best of Columbia for Best Local Music Website, Best Annual Event, and Best Music Festival! We are honored and thrilled to be recognized by these nominations. It takes a lot of hard work everyday to keep pushing the
ColaJazz in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands, the Auntie Karen Foundation and Jazz at Lincoln Center presented their 2nd after-school jazz enrichment workshop with some amazing kids at Midway Elementary in Cassatt, SC (a small town located 1-hour outside of Columbia). ColaJazz