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Sneak peek: Columbia, SC now has its own jazz festival – and it’s this weekend

Recording artist, trumpeter, composer, music teacher, and lover of Columbia, S.C., are all titles carried by Mark Rapp.  A well known jazz musician, Rapp now not only expresses his love for jazz through his performances and teaching, but also by using jazz music to expand and improve South Carolina’s entertainment and cultural offerings.

This weekend on Saturday, February 3, Columbia will experiences its first ever ColaJazz Festival.  From 6:30 p.m. Saturday to 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning, the stage of Music Farm Columbia will be filled with jazz bands, including headliner and Grammy-nominated artist Chris Potter.  “I’m thrilled and honored to launch my ColaJazz Festival in partnership with Music Farm Columbia,” said Rapp.

Video: Last Friday at Pearlz Oyster Bar, the Soda City Brass Band gave a performance for a packed house. The performance was filled with liveliness which gave off an immense sense of relaxation and sociability through the sound of jazz music.  Video was shot and edited by Khari McCloud. 

The festival has a lineup of both critically acclaimed jazz artists and beloved local favorites, including the Reggie Sullivan Band, Soda City Brass Band, and the ColaJazz All-Stars.  Rapp is also pleased to welcome Wynton Marsalis sideman and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra member, saxophonist Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson to the line-up.

Music Farm will kick off the ColaJazz Festival with doors opening at 6 p.m. Saturday. ColaJazz Fest will be complete with cocktail table seating, a VIP section, couches and food vendors to accompany the live jazz played by award-winning musicians. Guests may pre-purchase tickets online or tickets will be available at the door the day of the event.

For Rapp, the event represents the evolution of the Columbia music scene and the growth of South Carolina’s artistic and cultural presence.

“This is a significant step to building, growing, and expanding our capital city’s cultural offerings,” explained Rapp.  “It is an opportunity for me to give back to my community showcasing the world-class talent we have, while also bringing in international jazz icons showing all of South Carolina–and beyond–Columbia is an exciting city to be involved in.”

For more information, please visit ColaJazz.com.

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