Tommy Embrich

The debut, independent percussion album from Tommy Embrich

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 South Carolina region. His debut album Euneirophrenia … Read more

The Artist Minute – Mark Rapp, Jazz Trumpeter

Midlandsbiz Artist Minute – Mark Rapp, Jazz Trumpeter

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 is the critical role the arts has in … Read more

Mark Rapp Columbia SC Jazz Ambassador

Experience Columbia Ambassador

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, Rapp continues to be a champion of jazz … 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

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

Artist Spotlight: Terence Young

Terence Young is one of Columbia’s more popular smooth jazz guitarists. He has notable billboards around town and “The Terence Young Experience” shows are often sold out. He has shared the stage with renown recording artists such as The Temptations, Gladys Knight, Al Jarreau, Babyface and Angie Stone to name a few. A native of … Read more

Artist Spotlight: Eboni Ramm

Eboni Ramm is one of precious lights in the Columbia jazz community – you just feel good when she is around. She is naturally a supportive person, soulful and insightful. She has the heart of a teacher and a passion for jazz. She does some amazing work in the community and you’ll often find her … Read more

This Week in Jazz: Don Lamond

This week in Jazz, we have the birth of American Jazz drummer, Donald Douglas Lamond, Jr. He was born August 18, 1920, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, although raised in Washington, DC. He is known for his trademark drumming style, which he displayed with explosive power and high energy. This display is clearly seen in a … Read more