COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Public Radio (SC Public Radio) today announced a collaboration with The ColaJazz Foundation to produce and broadcast a new, weekly limited series focused on South Carolina’s jazz community. Titled ColaJazz Presents, the series will air Sundays at 8 p.m. on all eight SC Public Radio stations, with the first episode slated to debut on April 4 – a fitting premiere date as April is recognized as National Jazz Appreciation Month. The first episode will spotlight the Columbia-based ensemble Les Flat Out Strangers.
Hosted by Mark Rapp, executive director of The ColaJazz Foundation, ColaJazz Presents will feature performances from a diverse group of South Carolina’s top jazz musicians, as well as interviews with those musicians offering an intimate glimpse into their lives, communities and passion for music. Consisting of 13 episodes, with the last one slated for broadcast on June 27, the series will utilize The ColaJazz Foundation’s ever-growing library of concerts, many of which were recorded over the last year in socially distanced recording sessions where COVID-19 safety precautions were followed.
This project is the result of SC Public Radio’s ongoing strategy to ramp up local programming. Now in its 48th year of broadcasting, the SC Public Radio network covers not only most of the Palmetto State, but also communities that border South Carolina, including Charlotte, Augusta and Savannah. This broad coverage area allows the network to reach an average weekly listenership of approximately 300,000 individuals.
Established in 2014, The ColaJazz Foundation is a community-minded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization focused on growing, supporting and promoting jazz in the Midlands through events, education, recordings, resources and advocacy. The ColaJazz Foundation is a recipient of the 2021 South Carolina Governor’s Awards for the Arts, the state’s highest award for achievements in practicing or supporting the arts.
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“South Carolina is home to a growing jazz community consisting of some incredibly talented musicians and charming venues that provide a home to their performances. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with The ColaJazz Foundation to launch this new series and shine a spotlight on this burgeoning community.” –SCETV President and CEO Anthony Padgett
“As a statewide radio network, we recognize the importance of local programs that allow us to showcase South Carolina’s rich and diverse culture. With the addition of ‘ColaJazz Presents’ to our lineup this spring, we’ll be able to treat our listeners to some truly talented performers and educate them on what may be one of the state’s lesser known art communities.” –SC Public Radio Director of Programming Sean Birch
“It is with great honor and excitement for The ColaJazz Foundation to partner with and to be supported by SC Public Radio. The weekly Sunday night ‘ColaJazz Presents’ radio show expands our ongoing mission in style, and we can’t wait to share the incredible jazz music being made in South Carolina by South Carolina jazz artists.” –Mark Rapp, executive director of The ColaJazz Foundation
FIVE FAST FACTS:
- SC Public Radio is collaborating with The ColaJazz Foundation to produce and broadcast ColaJazz Presents.
- The series will air Sundays at 8 p.m. on all eight SC Public Radio stations, with the first episode slated to debut on April 4.
- Hosted by Mark Rapp, executive director of The ColaJazz Foundation, ColaJazz Presents will feature performances from a diverse group of South Carolina’s top jazz musicians, as well as interviews with those musicians
- The series will consist of 13 episodes, with the last one slated for broadcast on June 27.
- For more information on ColaJazz Presents, click here.