Shannon Pinkney

Artist Spotlight: Shannon Pinkney

Shannon “True Blue” or “Deon Blue” Pinkney is a beautiful and fun pianist here in Columbia, SC. He always plays with a smile and exudes joy, calmness, and humility everywhere he goes. Listening to him is a treat as he aims for melodic expression and often interjects quirky musical quotes from a variety of other … Read more

Columbia, SC Live Music Joints

Breaking down where you can break it down. Everyone should have a favorite local music spot. There are too many great dive bars, coffee shops + restaurants in town that offer live music every night of the week – from acoustic to rap to jazz – to not find what you dig. (And the Cola … Read more

Zach Bingham

Artist Spotlight: Zach Bingham

Zach Bingham is one of the most well-rounded musicians we have in the Columbia Jazz scene. He is a style wizard. He’s also one of the most humble and nicest guys you’ll meet. Zach started playing guitar at age six and soon progressed from rock to jazz and fusion. Comfortable in any setting, he studied … Read more

High Fidelity Recordings

Columbia, SC Recording Studios

Testing, testing 1, 2, 3 Calling all local musicians: go ahead and start planning out your Grammy acceptance speech. Columbia has several recording studios where you can channel your inner Jack White or Dr. Dre and turn your song ideas into real music – in some cases, for free. Can’t play an instrument, but still … Read more

ColaJazz Community Discussion & Jam Session Summary

Thanks to everyone who came out this Monday night, March 19th, 2018. Amos, Sam and Brendan played a brilliant set of jazz standards to launch the event and it was nothing short of inspiring. Lee Snelgrove from OneColumbia filled us in on Amplify Columbia. Let your voice be heard! Fill out the survey now! We … Read more

Mark Rapp, SC Jazz Ambassador


HOUSE RESOLUTION SALUTES MARK RAPP AS AMBASSADOR OF JAZZ FOR THE CITY OF COLUMBIA AND THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA Columbia, SC, Feb 20th, 2018: On Thursday, February 8th, during the morning legislative session, House Representatives Kirkman Finlay and Beth Bernstein presented jazz trumpeter Mark Rapp with the framed resolution naming him jazz ambassador of … Read more

ColaJazz Festival 2018

ColaJazz Fest Opening Remarks

Welcome to the 1st annual ColaJazz Festival! My name is Mark Rapp, founder of ColaJazz and in partnership with the Music Farm Columbia, producer of this, our 2018 ColaJazz Festival. I firmly believe Columbia, our capital city, ought to be the cultural hub offering the best in the arts. We can be and are showing … Read more