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  • 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
  • WHY I LOVE JAZZ, by Bob Hickman 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 ...
    Posted Aug 28, 2017, 10:08 AM by Stephen Hait
  • Dick Goodwin Big Band plays two dates in Columbia in July! This from Good Dr. Goodwin, himself:The Dick Goodwin Big Band gives few public performances in town -- but look at July! There are two very different events.Wednesday July 19th we will be at the Main Street Public house from 7:00 to 10:00 – no cover but there is food (which is really pretty good) and drink available. And we’ll be doing a wild mixture of pieces … including some of your favorites and selections that we just love to play. THEN Sunday July 23rd we will be in concert at the Lourie Center … a nice sit-down-and-listen event at 3:00. This program will include some traditional jazz selections often featured at the Carolina Jazz Society ...
    Posted Jul 6, 2017, 4:25 PM by Stephen Hait
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