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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.