ColaJazz Celebrates First Year of Membership Program

Free Party for Current and Future Members on August 28

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(Columbia, SC) The ColaJazz Foundation (ColaJazz) is holding a free party on Sunday, August 28, from 6 – 8 p.m. at 701 Whaley’s Market to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its membership program. Open to the public, the party celebrates the jazz community and its supporters. To RSVP to the limited-seating event, visit

The celebration features complimentary beer, wine, and Peruvian-inspired tapas by Chef Javier Uriarte of Ratio, a special cocktail by mixologist Grant McGloskey and world-class music by the Boomtown Trio. Attendees will mingle and learn about the impact ColaJazz membership has on the community.

The ColaJazz membership program enables educational outreach to schools across the Midlands and supports programming, local musicians, concerts for extended care patients, summer jazz camps, and much more.

“Jazz is all about participation and we are excited to celebrate and grow our membership program,” says ColaJazz Founder and Executive Director, Mark Rapp. “The support from our members has driven our efforts and successes in growing our jazz community and providing programming and outreach week after week.”

Founded in 2014, ColaJazz is dedicated to growing, supporting, and promoting jazz in the Midlands through events, education, recordings, resources, and advocacy. ColaJazz is a community-minded 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Every year, the organization produces a variety of performance, education and outreach events including ColaJazz Summer Camp, ColaJazz Fest, Live in the Lobby (Koger Center for the Arts), ColaJazz Presents (South Carolina Public Radio), Rapp on Jazz (South Carolina Public Radio), after-school curriculum, and more — bringing people from across the state and beyond to enjoy the capital city.

“We aim to be the driving beat in jazz education, performance and outreach providing opportunity for our area’s musicians and bringing together diverse audiences,” says ColaJazz Board Chairwoman, Shelley Magee. “We want to serve the community by creating a culturally robust environment that makes the Midlands a premiere jazz destination in the Southeast.”

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