Paul Bodamer

Celebrating Paul Bodamer

This past weekend, I was asked to give a eulogy for Paul Bodamer. This is what I said… “Life is like the oil within a lamp. It can be measured, but the pace at which it burns depends on how the dial is turned day by day, how bright and fierce the flame. And there … Read more

SC Jazz Festival

2020 SC Jazz Festival Press Release

The 2020 SC Jazz Festival presents a full week of streaming jazz concerts October 18-24, 2020… and it’s all FREE!  Celebrate Dizzy’s 103rd birthday and enjoy a world-class jazz festival wherever you are on your favorite streaming devices. The 2020 SC Jazz festival features regional to international jazz stars from South Carolina, New York, Brazil and more. The Town … Read more

CCSO Fall Virtual Conference

We’re thrilled to announce that ColaJazz will be a featured session at the Cox Campus Fall Virtual Conference. Our partners at Foundations, Inc., along with the Atlanta Speech School and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, are hosting an exciting afternoon of free resources, free tutorials, and free fun – all revolving around literacy development in … Read more


As a jazz musician, you know better than most how jazz music can impact lives. We want to know more about what you feel and think. We’re asking musicians to participate in this short survey. Your responses will help shape ColaJazz programming, outreach, partnerships, communication – nearly everything we do. This is part of a … Read more

Midlands Jazz Beyond

Midlands Jazz & Beyond Group

Midlands Jazz & Beyond is a group dedicated to sharing JAZZ events in and around the Midlands. If you’re playing or hosting a jazz event in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Florence, Newberry, Aiken, Augusta, Hilton Head, or Savannah, we want to know about it! This is a JAZZ ONLY group. While there are many entertainment and … Read more

ColaJazz TripSavvy


ColaJazz was listed in one of the Top-10 travel information sites in the world! What an honor to be included in TripSavvy’s article, “How Tourism Businesses Are Pivoting During the Pandemic” alongside people and businesses from California and New York! TripSavvy has millions of website visitors each month! What an awesome opportunity to grow our … Read more

Mark Rapp SC ETV

COLAJAZZ Talks COVID-19 Pandemic with SC-ETV

ColaJazz Founder Mark Rapp Talks COVID-19 Pandemic with SC-ETV. South Carolina ETV aired a segment on the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on SC musicians. CEO & Founder of the ColaJazz Foundation, Mark Rapp, was included alongside Charlton Singleton, Walter Hemingway and Terence Young. This is what Mark had to say…

Summer jazz Camp

Jazz Camp 2020 Roundup

Our 4th annual Summer Jazz Camp was anything but normal and what an amazing thing that was! Offering 48 courses over four days, we had 21 faculty ranging from acclaimed local jazz educators to NEA Jazz Masters and GRAMMY-award nominees teaching from New Orleans, New York, California, Missouri and South Carolina. Students were tuning in … Read more