ColaJazz SC Jazz Education

ColaJazz in the Schools

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 proven practice that jazz is a great community … Read more

ColaJazz Plays for Senior-Living Community

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 jazz musicians to Discovery Village, a senior-living community … Read more


SC Jazz History: Jabbo Smith

Jabbo Smith (December 24, 1908 – January 16, 1991) was born Cladys Smith in Pembroke, Georgia. He was mentioned in a previous post as being the #2 trumpeter in Jazz, which is pretty incredible considering the many talented horn players of the genre. Jabbo learned to play at the famed Jenkins Orphanage and was also … Read more

Drink Small The Blues Doctor

Drink Small Day Celebration

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, ‘It was an absolute honor for us to … Read more

ColaJaz SC Public Radio Mark Rapp

Jazz Musicians in Demand

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 was an honor to speak with Mike Switzer … Read more

Koger Center Jazz by ColaJazz

Koger Center Jazz 2019/2020 Season

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 a long road with a lot of meetings, … Read more

Niles Lewis

Artist Spotlight: Niles Lewis

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 with the Tony Lee Group, a Columbia-area genre-bending … Read more