Mark Rapp – A Cool Yule
Thursday, December 17, 2020 • 7:30 pm • Genevieve's
About The Show
In a “creative rendering of holiday standards,” a stellar jazz quartet of allstars led by Grammy® Award nominee Mark Rapp brings an unforgettable evening of holiday music to Genevieve’s. Atlanta musicians Kevin Bales and Delbert Felix, along with Greenville’s own Kevin Korschgen form a collective mastery that, paired with Rapp, is a must-see Christmas premier of local talent.
Mark Rapp is a trumpeter, composer, arranger, didgeridoo player, recording and touring artist. Having performed in jazz clubs and festivals in the USA and around the world, his many accolades include appearances at the 2017 & 2018 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Rapp has performed with a diverse range of distinct artists from Delfeayo & Branford Marsalis, to country star Darius Rucker, and is a featured artist in Mellen Press' How Jazz Trumpeters Understand Their Music amongst a prestigious list of talent. He has 8 recordings and appears as a sideman on a myriad of projects including Disney’s "Everybody Wants to be a Cat." Rapp’s celebrated 2009 debut release "Token Tales" earned him a spot as a "Top Emerging Trumpeter" in Downbeat Magazine.
As a prominent activist of jazz in SC, Rapp founded ColaJazz.com, a jazz initiative to grow, elevate and support the jazz community in and around Columbia, SC. He has produced and released 2 compilation CDs featuring over 20 local bandleaders involving 30+ musicians. In addition to creating and launching the USC ColaJazz Camp in 2017, he also produced the 2018 ColaJazz Festival featuring Chris Potter. In February 2018, Rapp was named an Ambassador of Jazz for the State of South Carolina by the SC House of Representatives.
An accomplished pianist with classical chops, Kevin Bales is a musician, teacher and performer whose success is highlighted by appearances in some of the world’s most acclaimed clubs and festivals.
Beginning with an invitation to audition for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16, Bales’ career has included performances with Wynton Marsalis, Rene Marie, Louie Bellson and the fiercely individual saxophonist Bunky Green. He has performed at the JVC Festival in New York, The Bakery in Los Angeles, The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center jazz series, the Toronto and Edinburgh jazz festivals and the Moscow Center for the Performing Arts.
After more than a decade of playing an integral part in the University of Florida’s jazz program as a teacher, Bales now manages his own jazz program in Atlanta, GA.
Delbert Felix grew up on St. Helena Island and was shaped from the young age of eight by the music of Brick Baptist Church, where clapping substituted a drum set.
A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Felix has taught and played music around the world through the U.S. Navy’s musical school. Taking the influences of Lowcountry musicians with him, Felix has worked alongside such talents as Sting, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddy Cole and all of the Marsalis brothers.
Jazz drummer and music educator Kevin Korschgen moved to Chicago in 1980 to join a band called “Rush Hour.” He continued to hone his craft over a decade performing with many of Chicago’s finest jazz musicians including Jody Christian, Jeremy Khan, Ryan Cohen, Dennis Carole, Rob Amster, George Freeman, Pat Mallinge and Victor Garcia. Throughout his career, he has toured with major artists to include Marcus Belgrave and Lyle Mays.
Korschgen began teaching jazz in 1983 at Notre Dame High School for Boys, where he led the school’s award-winning jazz ensemble. Later, he developed a dynamic multi-cultural Latin Jazz Ensemble at Lake View High School and went on to instruct jazz combos at Shell Lake Arts Center, and with the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association. In 2007, he became the Principal Conductor of the Chicago Public Schools All-City High School Jazz Ensemble, and in 2011, Jazz Coordinator at the Chicago High School for the Arts (Chiarts).
After retiring to Greenville, Korschgen is credited with cultivating Greenville’s premier jazz performance series called The Wheel Sessions and developing the Youth Jazz Ensemble—an honors high school jazz ensemble serving the Upstate. In hosting The Wheel Sessions series he has performed alongside jazz legends John Faddis and James Carter.
A New Genevieve’s Experience
We are committed to a safe and comfortable return to live music. These concerts provide a listening room feeling while adhering to COVID-19 CDC recommendations. Please note the following:
- Face masks are required except when seated at your table.
- Only 25 tables of four are available, allowing you to enjoy a socially distanced performance with your close family and friends.
- This concert will not have an intermission.
- All ticketing, ordering, and payment is touchless.
Food and Beverages
A small bites menu from Table 301 will be available for pre-order along with a selection of wines. Additional wine, beer, and cocktails are available for purchase at the show. Details will be sent to ticket holders prior to the performance.
We look forward to celebrating a night of live music with you!
Directions & Parking
The Peace Center is accessible. For the best accessible experience, reserve Patron Assistance services in advance by contacting the Box Office at 864.467.3000.
Hotels & Accommodations
The Peace Center is centrally located in Downtown Greenville. There are many hotels in the vicinity that are within walking or driving distance.
For additional information regarding accommodations please call our Box Office at 864.467.3000.
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