Jelly Roll Morton

This Week in Jazz: Jelly Roll Morton

This week in Jazz we present an American Pianist born Ferdinand Joseph Lamothe; known professionally as Jelly Roll Morton (1890-1941). On July 17, 1923, he recorded one of the very first integrated recording sessions with the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. Jelly Roll Morton is widely regarded as the first innovator of modern day jazz in … Read more

Kyle Whitlock

Kyle Whitlock is from Lancaster, South Carolina and his main passion is musical performance and composition. He is a multi-genre studio composer of Modern jazz, Progressive Rock, R & B, Electronica, World, and solo piano music, and also performs in many different local jazz and variety music ensembles. During the last 30 years Kyle has … Read more


Bert Ligon

Bert Ligon is director of jazz studies at the University of South Carolina. He earned his Bachelor of Music and his Master of Music in jazz piano performance and arranging from the University of North Texas. Ligon has published several books including, Jazz Theory Resources Vol. 1 & 2, Connecting Chords with Linear Harmony, and … Read more

Shannon Pinkney

Shannon Pinkney

Shannon Pinkney has been playing piano and keyboard for 7 years and is quickly becoming one of Columbia’s most entertaining musicians. الرهان الرياضي After a few years of being a sideman, Shannon has decided to step into the light and share his own music with the world.

jonathan lovett

Jonathan Lovett

Jonathan started playing piano at the age of 4 in his hometown of San Diego, California. He has been classically trained for 17 years and has also studied jazz/double bass for 8 years. Regarded by his peers as an extraordinary talent, he is a very active member of the Columbia music scene, performing and recording … Read more

Cat Galan

Catherine Galan

Cat began playing violin when she was 5 years old through the Suzuki method. At 13 years, she began taking lessons with USC’s Dr. William Terwilliger and is currently studying under him as a student of USC, majoring in violin performance. She plays violin in the USC symphony orchestra and also in her band, Bellavida, … Read more