Little Big Band at the Newberry Opera House
Join the Newberry Opera House and ColaJazz as we journey through the vibrant and diverse history of jazz music in South Carolina. The ColaJazz Little Big Band will chronicle the storied traditions and roots of the jazz genre as an art form deeply intertwined in the cultural fabric of the Palmetto State. April is known as “Jazz Appreciation Month” and for 2021, we will recognize and explore the historical legacy of pianist, singer, songwriter, storyteller, and civil rights activist Nina Simone.
Come enjoy a program of swinging jazz music as presented in the big band tradition! “The Little Big Band: the band that could! packs a big punch!” says ColaJazz CEO Mark Rapp. “ColaJazz has a variety of performing ensembles for our educational and outreach efforts. This perfectly sized mini-big band is geared towards all ages and aims to entertain, educate and further the love and support of our jazz history and jazz community. With this dynamic ensemble, ColaJazz is able to present a deeper and wider reaching repertoire from small group jazz to the greatest compositional works by Gil Evans, Count Basie, Duke Ellington to modern big bands such as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.”
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