On December 20, 2018, the founder of the ColaJazz organization Mark Rapp met with SC Governor Henry McMaster to advocate for our jazz community in Columbia, SC and throughout South Carolina. Mark revealed to the Governor our vibrant jazz community and the palpable feeling of our collective drive to thrive. Mark presented the Governor with two compilation CDs featuring many of our top jazz talents and the Great Day in Columbia Jazz print. Governor McMaster was left very impressed with and excited about jazz in SC.
While many positives were discussed, a few concerns were brought up, but with limited time, the goal was to excite the powers-that-be, garner their interest, and utilize it to push jazz ever further for Columbia and our state. Before leaving, a mutual desire to continue the conversation was established; testament to his sincerity, a future event supported by the Governor is being planned.