Come watch Columbia’s best perform in the Pearlz Upstairz Lounge every Thursday from 8pm-11pm!
Pearlz Upstairz Lounge opens for drinks at 7pm.
Join us for dinner downstairs before the show!
Come. Listen. Enjoy. Play!
ABOUT MARK RAPP
Trumpeter, composer, arranger, didgeridoo player, recording and touring artist Mark Rapp has performed with such distinct artists from Delfeayo & Branford Marsalis to country star Darius Rucker. Rapp has released 8 diverse recordings and appears as a sideman on a myriad of projects including Disney’s “Everybody Wants to be a Cat” alongside Roy Hargrove, Dave Brubeck, Esperanza Spalding, The Bad Plus, Joshua Redman and more. Rapp’s celebrated 2009 debut release “Token Tales” earned him a spot as a “Top Emerging Trumpeter” in Downbeat Magazine. His release “Good Eats” had critics saying, “Rapp is quickly developing a reputation as a superb interpreter and great stylist.” – 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 also composed and produced a jazz ballet “Woven: Life in Notes and Steps” (wovenballet.com). He has performed in jazz clubs and festivals around the world from Croatia, Brasil, Austria, Switzerland, USA and more including back-to-back appearances at the 2017 & 2018 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
As the founder of ColaJazz (https://ColaJazz.com), a jazz initiative to grow and support jazz in and around Columbia, SC through events, education, recordings, and advocacy, Rapp has produced and released 2 compilation CDs featuring over 20 local bandleaders involving 30+ musicians. The ColaJazz Outreach program brings jazz to the Children’s Hospital, retirement communities, the schools and communities in need. Rapp created and launched the USC ColaJazz Camp in 2017 featuring Delfeayo Marsalis; the 2018 camp clinician was NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman. He also produced the 2018 & 2019 ColaJazz Festivals featuring Chris Potter, longtime Wynton Marsalis sideman Wess “Warmdddy” Anderson, Count Basie Musical Director Scotty Barnhart and Brazilian vocalist Liz Rosa.
Rapp is a prominent figurehead, performer, and activist of jazz in SC and in February 2018 was named an Ambassador of Jazz for the State of South Carolina by the SC House of Representatives.