September Concert Sunday September 8th!

posted Aug 27, 2019, 7:50 AM by Stephen Hait

Almost September - and first Carolina Jazz concert of the season - SUNDAY, SEPT 8TH! Join band leader Dick Goodwn and the amazingly talented Carolina Jazz Society band as they kick off the season with traditional jazz standards, 2:30-5 pm. Lourie Center. $10 cash or check and all kids under 16 are free. Dancers welcome, definitely casual and open to all. 

Summer Big Band news from Dick Goodwin

posted Jun 30, 2019, 11:44 AM by Stephen Hait   [ updated Sep 30, 2019, 4:44 AM ]

"Oh, it's a long, long while from May to ... September" -- The new CJS season is just around the bend but because of the Labor Day weekend our first meeting will be Sept. 8th ... same time/same station!

But there is some jazz to be had in July. On the 11th my big band (there are 12 of us including Doug Graham, Bruce Clark, and Jim Hall) will be performing at the new Chayz Lounge location ... 607 Meeting St., West Columbia.

We'll do a couple of sets starting at 7:00.  Here is a flier about the event.  It is a good listening venue, better parking, nice table seating & food and drink are available.  I hope that you can join us.

Carolina Jazz Society Turns 60!

posted Jun 12, 2019, 11:56 AM by Stephen Hait   [ updated Jun 12, 2019, 11:56 AM ]

The Beat Goes On: The Carolina Jazz Society Celebrates Its Sixtieth Anniversary. Friend and CJS Board member Nancy Washington has written an informative article recounting the 60-year history of the Carolina Jazz Society. The piece was published in the UofSC's Caroliniana Columns magazine. Read the entire article here.

Larry Conger is Back for March 3 Concert

posted Feb 25, 2019, 10:44 AM by Stephen Hait   [ updated Feb 25, 2019, 10:46 AM ]

Carolina Jazz Band Concert with guest Larry Conger (trumpet) along with Dick Goodwin, Aletha Jacobs, Jim Hall, Doug Graham, Bruce Clark and Dustin Retzlaff - playing Traditional Jazz.

Doug Graham Leads February Concert

posted Jan 29, 2019, 5:45 AM by Stephen Hait   [ updated Jan 29, 2019, 6:12 AM ]

For our second concert of the year, our amazing clarinetist, Doug Graham will call the tunes. Doug got interested in jazz clarinet at a young age when he learned to play Pete Fountain's version of Just A Closer Walk. A longtime faculty member in the USC Music Department, Doug is on of the finest clarinetists you'll ever see. The concert will be at the Lourie Center on February 3 from 2:30-5:00 P.M. Admission is $10 or $5 for members. Lots of free snacks and casual dress, of course.

January Concert 1/6/2019

posted Jan 2, 2019, 8:12 AM by Stephen Hait   [ updated Jan 2, 2019, 8:13 AM ]

Jim Hall
Jim Hall, our fine percussionist, will be leading the group and getting us off to a good start for the New Year and you won't want to miss it. Listen to his solos and his interactions with the rest of the musicians on the bandstand and you will hear a superb drummer. As the band leader for January, Jim will call the tunes and direct the concert.

Most of our members know of Jim’s work with Dick Goodwin (both the Quintet and the Big Band). But only long time members are likely to know that Jim was also the principal timpanist with the South Carolina Philharmonic, the South Carolina Lyric Opera and the South Carolina Chamber Orchestra. Plus, Jim organized and led a steel drum band at USC. In addition, Jim worked with a long line of jazz artists including Marion McPartland, Billy Eckstein, Tom Scott, Bill Waltrous, and David “Fathead” Newman.

December Concert

posted Nov 15, 2018, 5:12 PM by Stephen Hait   [ updated Nov 16, 2018, 12:28 PM ]

No, it isn’t the Three Musketeers or the Three Caballeros (and thankfully, not The Three Stooges). But we will have three outstanding clarinetists on the band stand this month. Our good friend Jim Ruth will come down from the upstate, Pete Neighbour, now an American Citizen, will take time out from playing on Cruise ships to join our guys. And of course, Doug Graham will be on the bandstand too. 

But maybe it would be more accurate to say the three reed players because there is
a good chance to hear one or more of the musicians playing a sax, most likely a soprano. But whatever they play, you will be hearing three outstanding reed players. You don’t want to miss this concert!

Aletha Helps Kick Off 60th Concert Season!

posted Sep 3, 2018, 6:16 AM by Stephen Hait   [ updated Sep 3, 2018, 6:20 AM ]

Aletha Jacobs, our talented pianist and singer will lead the band and call the tunes for our first concert of the season. And who better to open our 60th season? Yes, you read right. This will be our club’s 60th year of presenting live jazz in Columbia. 

Our first concert will be at the Lourie Center at Maxcy Gregg Park (just off Pickens near Blossom) 2:30-5:00 pm Sunday, September 9, 2018.

Larry Conger Joins Us March 4!

posted Feb 28, 2018, 9:08 AM by Stephen Hait

March concert quickly approaching! Sunday, March 4 at the Lourie Center from 2:30-5:00 pm. This month cornet player Larry Conger is our special guest once again.

As long time members know, Larry honed his chops playing with Turk Murphy at Earthquake McGoon’s in San Francisco. Larry says that Turk always had about 200 tunes in the repertoire and each year he would drop a significant number and add an equal number of new tunes. Larry said that one night, Turk called one of the new tunes and Larry said, let me get the music. Whereupon, Turk said, we’ve played that number 20 times (at least I think that was the number) and you should know it by now. and he immediately started the count. That’s one way to keep band members on their toes!

Aletha's in charge for our February concert!

posted Jan 29, 2018, 10:38 AM by Stephen Hait

Aletha Jacobs
Our February concert will be this Sunday, 2/4 at the Lourie Center from 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Come join us. It's always fun when Aletha runs things. Here's a little more about the show from our Guiding Light, Red Smith.

Just in time to get in the mood for Valentine’s day, our pianist and songstress, Aletha Jacobs, will call the tunes.

Aletha is on the faculty at Columbia College where she teaches Piano, jazz Combos, Ensemble, Applied Jazz, and Music Theory. Aletha Jacobs is a 1997 University of South Carolina graduate with an M.M. in Jazz Studies. She began teaching at Columbia College (’78 BA Music Education/ Choral/ Piano) in 1998.

As a professional musician for 40 years (editor’s note – if that number is correct, she must have turned professional at age 3), Aletha has performed in every kind of venue, from playing & singing in bands, accompanying various musicians and in musicals, to performing with orchestras. She has also toured the Mediterranean and Central America, performing for our troops.

Famous people with whom she has shared the stage include John Pizzarelli, The Shirelles, The Drifters, and Freddy Cole. Aletha Jacobs is also the director of Carolina Alive at USC.

Recently, Aletha has written an etude book for intermediate piano with an emphasis on beginning improvisation, entitled “Rockin’ Around the Keys,” and she has been a guest artist at CMTA’s Jazz and Improv festival for the past several years.


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