Membership Launch Party

On Sunday, August 29th, we hosted our first ever Membership Drive launching our brand new ColaJazz Membership initiative. Over 150 people turned up to support jazz and celebrate our Columbia Jazz scene at the 701 Whaley Market! “Jazz is all about participating. We are excited to offer this new program that will extend our outreach, … 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

SC Youth Jazz Orchestra

SC Youth Jazz Orchestra

The ColaJazz Foundation who has brought to Columbia, SC an annual jazz festival, an annual summer jazz camp, Jazz for Young People concerts with the ColaJazz Little Big Band at the Koger Center for the Arts, after-school jazz workshops in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center, quarterly and monthly world-class performances and more(!) is proud … Read more

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

ColaJazz Statement of Cultural Equity

The ColaJazz Foundation is dedicated to bringing people together. We are an organization that celebrates the unique music created by Africans and black Americans who, out of a terrible darkness, gave us one of the brightest cultural lights the world has ever seen, jazz. Jazz continues to be a living statement of democracy in action. … Read more

Ellis Marsalis on Piano Jazz with marian McPartland

Ellis Marsalis on Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland

Ellis Marsalis, jazz pianist, educator, and patriarch of the Marsalis family, has died at the age of 85. His death was announced in tweets from New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Jazz at Lincoln Center, where his son Wynton is managing and artistic director. He reportedly went into the hospital over the weekend with symptoms … 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

ColaJazz Crawl

ColaJazz Virtual Crawl

The majority of in-person jazz shows for the next month or so have been obliterated. ColaJazz has created a weekly virtual club crawl supporting our jazz artists and venues. Tune in every Wednesday night from 8p-9p at facebook.com/colajazz! WEDNESDAYS @ 8PM. WATCH THE LIVESTREAM HERE: https://facebook.com/colajazz [fusion_button link=”https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=E92LUUNSZ38E2&source=url” text_transform=”uppercase” title=”Support Your Local Jazz Artists” target=”_blank” … Read more