ColaJazz Little Big Band featuring Cleave Guyton

Cleave Guyton has toured the world working with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Abdullah Ibrahim, Joe Henderson, Stanley Turrentine, Nat Adderley, Abby Lincoln, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Jon Hendricks, The Ray Charles Orchestra, Lionel Hampton, The Count Basie Orchestra, The Cab Calloway Orchestra, Little Jimmy Scott, Spike Lee, Joe Williams, LateNight with Conan O’Brien, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Ronny Jordan, The Mingus Big Band, Cleo Laine, Chaka Khan, Ledisi, The Boys Choir of Harlem and many more. Catch him and the incredible Little Big Band: the band that could!



The ColaJazz Little Big Band: The Band That Could! is a 9-piece ensemble presenting a wide variety of large ensemble music from Big Band repertoire to the classic small group sound. The Little Big Band is primarily an educational outreach vehicle presenting “edutainment” events for all ages.

The Koger Center for the Arts is proud to introduce the inaugural season of Live in the Lobby: Koger Center Jazz. The second concert of the series will take place on November 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm.

Join the Koger Center and ColaJazz as we journey through the vibrant and diverse history of jazz music in South Carolina. “Celebrating South Carolina Jazz Culture” will chronicle the storied traditions and roots of the genre as an art form deeply intertwined in the cultural fabric of the Palmetto State.

ColaJazz Little Big Band: the band that could! is the newest group formed by the CEO of ColaJazz, Mark Rapp. ColaJazz Little Big Band is comprised of some of the most talented jazz musicians from Columbia, Greenville and Charleston.

“Our little big band packs a big punch!” says Mark Rapp. “ColaJazz has a variety of performing ensembles for our educational and outreach efforts. This perfectly sized nonet is geared towards all ages and aims to entertain, educate and further the love and support of our jazz history and community. With this dynamic ensemble, ColaJazz is able to present a deeper and wider reaching repertoire from small group jazz to the greatest compositional works by Gil Evans, Count Basie, Duke Ellington to modern big bands such as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.”

ColaJazz is dedicated to growing, promoting and supporting the jazz community in the Midlands through events, education, recordings and advocacy in order to create a thriving culturally rich community. The goal of ColaJazz is to expose and expand understanding of this American art form called jazz to all citizens of the Midlands through performances and education.

ColaJazz Little Big Band