2018 ColaJazz Lineup
The Columbia native, and arguably one of the best jazz artists ever, Chris Potter, returns home for the first time in a long time to headline the ColaJazz Festival! Since bursting onto the New York scene in 1989 as an 18-year-old prodigy with bebop icon Red Rodney (who himself had played as a young man alongside the legendary Charlie Parker), Potter has steered a steady course of growth as an instrumentalist and composer-arranger. A GRAMMY-nominated, world-class soloist, accomplished composer and formidable bandleader, saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. Down Beat called him “One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet” while Jazz Times identified him as “a figure of international renown.” The New Yorker calls Potter, “A tenorist who can remind you of Joe Henderson at his craftiest… he employs his considerable technique in the service of music rather than spectacle.” Throughout his career, Potter has performed and recorded with artists as diverse as Steely Dan and Herbie Hancock, and has toured the world over.
Soda City Brass Band
Born right here in Columbia, SC and bringing #NolatoCola, SCBB brings together modern and traditional sounds found on the streets of New Orleans. SCBB is a very fun, exciting band and a perfect fit to launch the first annual ColaJazz Festival alongside some amazing New Orleans inspired food and drinks!
The Reggie Sullivan Band
RSB has become one of the most sought after bands in town playing unique twists on popular music. Reggie Sullivan is also an accomplished jazz bassist who has toured with the likes of Joe Sample and the Jazz Crusaders and has played with legendary jazz artists such as Wycliffe Gordon, Marian McPartland and Herlin Riley.
Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson
In 1988, Warmdaddy became a member of the Wynton Marsalis’ Septet with which he toured and recorded for seven years and has been a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra since it began touring in 1992. One of the best saxophonists around, Anderson is a renowned performer and bandleader, forming highly lauded bands with musicians of all generations. While rooted in bop, Anderson is known to mix in some soulful New Orleans jazz and a sweeping blues style evocative of Cannonball Adderley. Simply put, fans of jazz can’t go wrong with “Warmdaddy.”
A super group of the top jazz artists in Columbia, SC. These award winning artists have made records with a myriad of famous musicians, have toured all over and are simply world-class talent right in our very own backyard! Come celebrate the brilliance of Amos Hoffman, Mitch Butler, Bryson Borgstedt, Bert Ligon, Sam Edwards, Danny Boozer, Robert Gardiner and expect a few surprise guests along the way.