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.


First Concert of the New Year!

posted Jan 2, 2018, 2:31 PM by Stephen Hait   [ updated Jan 5, 2018, 10:11 AM ]

Join us for our first concert of 2018! Dustin Retzlaff, our sometimes bassist, will lead the band and call the tunes this Sunday, January 7 at 2:30 p.m. at the Lourie Center.

Dustin is a talented bass player and is involved with many types of music. Originally from Minnesota, he attended the University of Minnesota, Morris and in 2005, relocated to Columbia, SC to teach and perform music. He graduated with a Master of Music degree from the University of South Carolina in 2009, and is a doctoral candidate in jazz studies at the University of Northern Colorado.

This should be a great concert and a chance to hear some old and new tunes alike!

Dick Goodwin Big Band in Columbia Oct. 18, 2017

posted Sep 19, 2017, 12:36 PM by Stephen Hait   [ updated Sep 19, 2017, 12:43 PM ]

Dick Goodwin Big Band
This just in from Dick:

Carolina Jazz Club friends,

One of my greatest thrills is listening to the big band at the Village Vanguard in NYC.  It is a small room and there are no bad seats in the house.  I think that we can reproduce that kind of experience here in Columbia at Chayz Lounge.

I’m sending this out before we release it to the various media outlets.  (There are only 80 seats in Chayz Lounge.) 
My Big Band will perform Wed. evening, Oct. 18th from 7:00 to 9:00.  Will it be too loud?  The loudest group I ever heard was a three-piece rock band … and I’ve heard a single DJ make even more noise than that.  Yes, it can be thrilling to be bathed in full sound, but it is also equally exciting to be able to hear nuances at a whisper dynamic. Our 12 players/singers are sensitive musicians who enjoy sharing their passions for the different  kinds of music that the group always features.

Here are some particulars:
Chayz Lounge at Nonnah’s
923 Gervais St. in Columbia … phone:  (803) 563-8275  ...
Entrance & parking are located on Park Street between Lady and Gervais.  Show your ticket and the $5 charge will be waived.
Tickets are $15 in advance $20 at the door … great food and bar menus are available.

WHY I LOVE JAZZ, by Bob Hickman

posted Aug 28, 2017, 10:07 AM by Stephen Hait   [ updated Aug 28, 2017, 10:08 AM ]

On Sunday, September 10, 2017, the Carolina Jazz Society will begin its 59th concert season of jazz and Dixieland entertainment by Dick Goodwin and a distinguished ensemble of jazz musician regulars, plus intermittent appearances of renowned guest artists from all over the globe throughout the year.

Whether you already love this truly American art form or you just love good music, you will be impressed  by the improvisational skills of Dr. Goodwin and every member of the band and their collective talent. 

I’ve been a fan (and a member) of the Jazz Society for 50-plus years, and I’m looking forward to renewing my membership as we begin our new season.  And the price is right!!!  For a nominal yearly membership fee, plus $5.00 per event, members are provided a  once-monthly two-and-a-half hour concert (from September through May) that is unsurpassed in quality and appeal. For folks who want to just try us out without membership, it’s just $10.00 per concert, but you’ll probably want to join after the first five minutes. The Jazz Society meets the first Sunday of each month, except for an occasional change to the second Sunday in order to avoid a holiday.

  It’s a great place to enjoy the arts with friends, the food is good (pot luck snack food), and everybody there has a great time.  There’s even a place to dance along the edges of the room.  Our meetings are held at the Lourie Center in Columbia, but don’t expect an older crowd just because it functions as a Senior center.  You kids under 50 will be well-represented in the audience, and you’ll have a great time.  There’s no age limit on the enjoyment of good music, and the rooms are usually packed with people of all ages.  

Everything is warm and informal and it’s a great place to meet new friends and visit with old ones, while everybody is exposed to some of the best music in this country.  There will be couples, whole families, and singles, which brings me to the most exciting part of my story.  

There are always some real nice ladies and gents there, and some of them are not married!  In fact, that’s where I met my bride, two and a half years ago.  We had both lost our beloved spouses (who had also loved jazz music), and after many years alone, we didn’t think we’d ever love again.  That all changed when we attended a Jazz Society meeting in December, met in the embrace of the music, fell in love, and were married in August.

Now I’m not saying everyone will meet their forever someone just by joining the Carolina Jazz Society but, it happened for me, so what can I say?  It’s an enchanting place, with lots of nice people.  I can’t wait to see what new faces will be joining us this year, and what new couples might happen.  

Please join us at 2:30 PM on Sunday, September 10, for a wonderful concert, and bring your friends and family.  Or come alone, like I did.  You’ll never regret it.

 (Bob Hickman is a jazz musician, and former News Director and News Anchor at WIS-TV.)

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