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

Healing Power of Jazz

Bringing Jazz to the Children’s Hospital

Music can make a child forget about illness. Recently, ColaJazz helped Prisma Health Children’s Hospital celebrate Music Therapy Month by inviting children to our atrium for a special jazz concert.⁣ The healing power of jazz is real. Join us in making a difference with jazz! Give to ColaJazz Outreach and receive a 501(c)3 tax deduction … Read more

Koger Center Jazz

ColaJazz Celebrates Jazz Icon Marian McPartland

SC Public Radio’s Tut Underwood produced a wonderful segment aired nationally on NPR Radio. LISTEN TO IT NOW! For many years, jazz great Marian McPartland welcomed some of the biggest names in – and out of – jazz to her NPR program, Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz. March 20, on the 101st anniversary of her birth, … Read more

ColaJazz Selected to Offer Jazz at Lincoln Center Pilot Program

ColaJazz is the only jazz organization in South Carolina selected to offer Jazz at Lincoln Center’s after school pilot program. In partnership with the Auntie Karen Foundation, ColaJazz will implement the Jazz at Lincoln Center Afterschool Content (JALC-AC) to multiple Boys & Girls Clubs sites around South Carolina and offer refinements to the program for … Read more

Mark Rapp, ColaJazz Outreach

ColaJazz Outreach Answers Call

Hundreds of residents were ordered out of a public housing complex Jan. 18 after authorities found two men dead in separate apartments and “multiple” gas leaks throughout Allen Benedict Court. Now the displaced residents are spread out in hotels, motels and other housing arrangements that they paid for or the CHA is paying for while … Read more