Every Thursday night from 9p-12a, there is live jazz! Real jazz. Pearlz Upstairz lounge has a great ambience overlooking Columbia’s famous Vista district and there is never a cover charge. Pearlz Upstairz is one of the few REAL jazz lounges in and around Columbia, SC. Come enjoy the adventures in jazz with friends or a date, enjoy great drinks and a wonderful atmosphere.
Mark Rapp is the bandleader and always has a phenomenal band with him. His regular band consists of Internationally known and award winning guitarist Amos Hoffman, Dustin Retzlaff on bass and Brendan Bull on drums.
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 country music star Darius Rucker. 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 Hargrove, Dave Brubeck, Esperanza Spalding, The Bad Plus, Joshua Redman and more are also featured on this CD. Rapp’s celebrated 2009 debut release “Token Tales” (Paved Earth Music), earned him a spot as one of the “Top 25 Emerging Trumpeters” in Downbeat Magazine. His release “Good Eats” (Dinemec Jazz) had critics saying, “Rapp is quickly developing a reputation as a superb interpreter and great stylist, willing to tackle the history of this music with his eyes on the past and his mind on the present and future of this music.” – AllAboutJazz.com. Rapp is a featured artist in Mellen Press’ “How Jazz Trumpeters Understand Their Music” among a prestigious list including Terence Blanchard, Lew Soloff, Freddie Hubbard, Tim Hagans, Dave Douglas and more. Rapp co-created and was CEO of intotheShed.com (2012-2015), an online live lessons platform servicing GRAMMY-award winners and other the top artists in jazz today. Rapp also composed and produced a jazz ballet Woven: Life in Notes and Steps.