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

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SC Jazz History: Jenkins Orphanage Band

South Carolina is the birthplace and home to many jazz influencers. Once such group is the Jenkins Orphanage Band of Charleston, South Carolina. Jabbo Smith, who was Jazz’s #2 trumpeter, got his start with the Jenkins Orphanage Band. In the late 1930’s, Jabbo reportedly is the one who encouraged a 17 year old Sarah Vaughn … Read more

This Week in Jazz: Chico O’ Farrill

This week in Jazz, we discover “Cubop” or Afro-Cuban Jazz. Chico O’ Farrill was a primary influencer in the 1940s and 1950s when this style became prominent. He was born Arturo O’ Farrill to an Irish Father and German mother, October 28, 1921, in Havana Cuba. He was a master trumpeter/composer/arranger who combined European classical … Read more

SC Jazz History: Dizzy Gillespie

This week/month in Jazz, Trumpeter “Dizzy” Gillespie was born John Birks Gillespie on October 21, 1917. Dizzy is arguably the greatest trumpeter of all time with his roots and birthplace here in South Carolina. He is co-founder of the bebop style and a historic figure in jazz music. This virtuoso entertainer got his nickname because … Read more

Ray Anderson

This Week in Jazz: Ray Anderson

This week in Jazz, we learn of master trombonist Ray Anderson. He was born on October 16, 1952, in Chicago, Ilinois. Ray is the Director of Jazz Studies at The State University of New York at Stony Brook since 2003, where he enjoys inspiring the next generation. In 2001, he was awarded the John Simon … Read more

thelonious monk

This Week in Jazz: Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk was born on October 10, 1917, in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. During his youth he managed to be banned from entering the Apollo Theater competition after winning so many times. He was largely ignored by the jazz community for the first half of his career, but he had some impressive achievements during his … Read more

This Week in Jazz: Jean Luc Ponty

This week in Jazz, violinist Jean Luc Ponty was born on September 29, 1942, in Avranches, France. He is the legendary “undisputed master of violin in the area of jazz and rock.” He was born of classical musicians and even played with a major symphony orchestra, Concerts Lamoureux, but Ponty took a chance on jazz. … Read more

John Coltrane

This Week in Jazz: John Coltrane

This week in Jazz, the famed saxophonist/bandleader/composer John Coltrane was born on September 23, 1926, in Hamlet, North Carolina. Early in his career he was fortunate to play with other jazz greats such as Dizzie Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and Miles Davis. He was an artist whose music transcended his own era and continues to influence … Read more