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  • Doug Graham Leads February Concert 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.
    Posted Jan 29, 2019, 6:12 AM by Stephen Hait
  • January Concert 1/6/2019 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 ...
    Posted Jan 2, 2019, 8:13 AM by Stephen Hait
  • December Concert 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 isa 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 ...
    Posted Nov 16, 2018, 12:28 PM by Stephen Hait
  • Aletha Helps Kick Off 60th Concert Season! 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.
    Posted Sep 3, 2018, 6:20 AM by Stephen Hait
  • Larry Conger Joins Us March 4! 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 ...
    Posted Feb 28, 2018, 9:08 AM by Stephen Hait
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