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

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

ColaJazz Online Tip Jar

Online Tip Jar

A new virtual tipping website for artists has launched. Since most of us can’t go out to our favorite jazz venue and more and more musicians are turning to streaming their shows, why not continue to support and tip our musicians who are being hit very, very hard. The ColaJazz Tip Jar (https://colajazz.com/tipjar) allows anyone … 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