Louis Armstrong (1955)

This Week in Jazz: Ambassador Satch

This week in Jazz, trumpeter and singer Louis Daniel Armstrong was born on August 4, 1901. For his entire life though, the legendary trumpeter and vocalist declared his birthday to be July 4, 1900. Nicknamed “Satchmo” and “Pops,” he is a jazz legend with a career that spanned five decades. Louis Armstrong will forever be … Read more

Dick Goodwin

Dick Goodwin

It would be difficult to determine which of Dr. Goodwin’s contributions to the arts community should be emphasized. He is a composer, arranger, a performer (in many genres), studio producer, conductor and leader of both classical and jazz groups, and he is a distinguished teacher. Current Activities There are always several things in the hopper. … Read more

Mark Rapp

Mark Rapp is a distinguished trumpeter, composer, arranger, didgeridoo player, recording and touring artist and has performed with such distinct artists from Branford Marsalis to Hootie and the Blowfish. Rapp has released 7 diverse recordings, and is featured on the closing track of Disney’s “Everybody Wants to be a Cat” CD. Artists such as Roy … Read more

Hunter Brons

Hunter Brons is a student at the University of South Carolina, where he will graduate with a bachelor’s of music in Jazz Studies. Hunter has performed in a variety of venues in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, California, Tennessee, and parts of Mexico. He has played in the USC Left Bank Big Band, the SEC … Read more

Ivan Covington

Ivan Blair Covington was born in Lynchburg, VA (1986) and at the age of 10 moved to Stone Mountain, GA. Ivan was introduced to many different genres of music to include Stevie Wonder, George Clinton, Take 6, Miles Davis, and The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra while living in the south. Like most 6th graders, Ivan started … Read more

Dennis DiSano

Dennis DiSano

Dennis DiSano is a jazz trumpet player/vocalist who relocated from the Boston area about seven years ago. He has a long list of impressive performances with some of the world’s top entertainers and musical groups including: Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Natalie Cole, Dianna Ross, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, … Read more