The ColaJazz Artists Series kicked off in September 2016, at the Main Street Public House. The series of performances, presented by 2016 Jasper Magazine’s Artist of the Year in Music Mark Rapp, features Columbia-area and ColaJazz.com recording artists every Wednesday from 8pm – 11pm. There is no cover and no minimum.
Opening the 2017 ColaJazz Artists Concerts are:
Chris Andrews (saxophonist) – Jan 4th
Don Russo (guitar & vocals) – Jan 11
David Rodriguez (latin jazz saxophone) – Jan 18
Kanika Moore & Dustin Retzlaff (vocals & bass) – Jan 25
Ivan Covington (trumpet) – Feb 1
*Each will perform with their band.
“We’re rotating through our roster of bandleaders, important figures in our growing jazz scene and those who are involved in making Columbia a jazz destination,” said Rapp, an internationally known jazz trumpeter. Rapp and Main Street Public House owner Jimmy Latulipe are hoping the restaurant will become known not only for its cuisine but also as one of the city’s main jazz venues.
“The series adds to downtown Columbia’s cultural environment,” said Latulipe. “It also nicely augments the mix of sophistication and lively ambience that we’re creating at the restaurant.”
The Main Street Public House menu features refined casual dishes and pizza made in-house from fresh, seasonal, and, when possible, local ingredients. It is located at 1556 Main Street in Columbia.
ColaJazz.com was born from Mark Rapp’s goal to organize and bolster the Columbia, SC, jazz community through recordings, events, and education. Its website, colajazz.com, is already the resource for all things jazz as presented by the talented and accomplished jazz artists and educators active in the Midlands.
The organization’s first recording, the all-star ColaJazz Vol I, was created with the help of Paul Bodamer at Jangly Records and funding from fans, friends, and family. It features 13 groups comprising 27 local jazz musicians. In addition, Bodamer and Rapp recorded an entire CD by South Carolina Jazz Ambassador Skipp Pearson. Both recordings are available at colajazz.com and on CD at Papa Jazz, Pecknel Music, the Columbia Convention Center Gift Shop, Main Street Public House, and Speakeasy.