The ColaJazz Artists Series will kick off on September 14, 2016, at the Main Street Public House. The series of performances, presented by Mark Rapp, will feature ColaJazz recording musicians and continue on Wednesdays from 8 to 11 p.m. There is no cover and no minimum.
“We’re rotating through our roster of bandleaders 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 the city’s prime jazz venue. The restaurant, which opened last month, has state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems.
During the initial five weeks, first up is Reggie Sullivan. Following him will be Mike Frost (September 21st), Skipp Pearson (September 28th), Jmichael Peeples (October 5th), and Nick Brewer (October 12th). Each will perform with his band.
“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 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.