The South Carolina Governor’s Awards for the Arts

2021 Governor’s Award

The ColaJazz Foundation is the recipient of the 2021 Governor’s Award alongside some wonderful artists including Charlton Singleton, Tayloe Harding, Jennifer C Evins, Marjory Wentworth and in business, Colonial Life. The Governor’s Awards for the Arts is the highest honor the state gives in the arts to recognize outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts … Read more

ColaJazz Annual Report

2020 Annual Report

2020 was an epic year in so many ways. The ColaJazz Foundation Board of Directors presents this video summarizing the highlights of our work in 2020. The ColaJazz Foundation stepped up from the very beginnings of the COVID19-pandemic. We have pushed forward ensuring jazz programming and engagement for our community and work for our musicians. … Read more

Mark Rapp in Wall Street Journal


The The Wall Street Journal picked up on our hard work in 2020! “The pandemic has inspired a wave of charitable giving—some through traditional methods, some by more innovative means.” Here’s our mention… ‘Mark Rapp, a trumpet player in Columbia, S.C, has used music to help others. “Within 48 hours after Covid hit in … Read more

Luther Battiste

Luther J. Battiste III, Joins ColaJazz Foundation Board of Directors

The ColaJazz Foundation is proud to announce that Luther J. Battiste III has been elected to serve on its board of directors. Battiste is a founding shareholder of Johnson, Toal & Battiste, P.A., and the National President of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He received his B.A. from the University of South Carolina and JD … Read more

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