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  • 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
  • Aletha's in charge for our February concert! 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 ...
    Posted Jan 29, 2018, 10:38 AM by Stephen Hait
  • First Concert of the New Year! 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!
    Posted Jan 5, 2018, 10:11 AM by Stephen Hait
  • Dick Goodwin Big Band in Columbia Oct. 18, 2017 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 ...
    Posted Sep 19, 2017, 12:43 PM by Stephen Hait
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