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Scotty Barnhart Wycliffe Gordon

Two Jazz Masters, One Rare Concert

August 7, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Koger Center for the Arts
7:00PM Public Q&A
7:30PM First Set, concert starts
8:30PM Intermission
8:45PM Second Set

Tickets are $35 and available at the Koger Center box office, (803) 251-2222 or online at https://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=1096

The Koger Center for the Arts and the ColaJazz Foundation are proud to announce that jazz legends Scotty Barnhart and Wycliffe Gordon will perform together at the Koger Center for the Arts! Join us to experience this one-of-a-kind concert series designed for audiences seeking premier jazz and specialty experiences in exceptional settings.

Live in the Lobby: Koger Center Jazz is a unique series that was created as a partnership between the Koger Center for the Arts and the ColaJazz Foundation. This concert is a Behind the Curtain performance which will take place with the audience and the performers together on the Koger Center for the Arts stage.

Scotty Barnhart and Wycliffe Gordon are both internationally known and respected powerhouse musicians within the jazz community. While they have known each other and worked together since the mid 1980’s, it is rare (at best) to see a concert that is co-headlined by both of these legends.


Scotty Barnhart is an internationally acclaimed Jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator, author, and is the Director of The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra. A featured trumpet soloist with the orchestra for over twenty years, he’s a two-time Grammy Award winner, appears on three critically acclaimed recordings with pianist Marcus Roberts, and over fifteen others with artists as diverse as Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Ray Charles, and Tito Puente. Acknowledged as an authority on the history of Jazz trumpet, he has given two keynote lecture-demonstrations at The International Trumpet Guild Conference and continues to give lectures and seminars at universities in South America, Japan, China, Europe, South Africa, and all across the United States. Hal Leonard published his groundbreaking book, The World of Jazz Trumpet – A Comprehensive History and Practical Philosophy worldwide in December 2005 to rave reviews.


Wycliffe Gordon experiences an impressive career touring the world performing to great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Jazz Journalists Association named him 2021 “Trombonist of the Year” for the record breaking 14th time, and he’s topped Downbeat Critics Poll for “Best Trombone” for an unprecedented six times (2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2013 & 2012). Additionally, he was the recipient of the “Louie Award”, the International Trombone Award and the Satchmo Award, among others. Wycliffe is a prolific recording artist and is extremely popular for his unmatched signature sound, plunger technique and unique vocals. He can be heard on hundreds of recordings, soundtracks, live DVD’s and documentaries. Gordon is commissioned frequently, and has an extensive catalog of original compositions that span the various timbres of jazz and chamber music. Musicians and ensembles of every caliber perform his music throughout the world and his arrangement of the theme song to NPR’s “All Things Considered” is heard daily across the globe.

For more information please visit https://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=1096




The ColaJazz Foundation and the Koger Center take our mutual health concerns very seriously and aim to continue to bring you world-class talent in as safe of conditions as possible.

  1. The Koger Center continues to place a priority on the safety of its patrons and provides state-of-the-art air filtration, hand-sanitizing stations and an experienced staff trained in performance safety protocols.
  2. Following the most recent scientific guidelines for safe performances, the musicians will be placed fifteen feet from the nearest audience member.
  3. Concert seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests will be seated as individuals or with their social group in pairs of two with each pair or individual guest separated by a minimum three-foot distance from the next group.
  4. To further enhance safe social distancing, there will be several wide aisles separating the audience into six groups of distinct seating.
  5. All guests at the performance are recommended to wear masks while in the building.

If you have any further questions about the performance, please contact 803-777-7500.


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August 7, 2021
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Koger Center for the Arts
1051 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29201 United States


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