Category: General Jazz



    HOUSE RESOLUTION SALUTES MARK RAPP AS AMBASSADOR OF JAZZ FOR THE CITY OF COLUMBIA AND THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA Columbia, SC, Feb 20th, 2018: On Thursday, February 8th, during the morning legislative session, House Representatives Kirkman Finlay and Beth Bernstein presented jazz trumpeter Mark Rapp with the framed resolution naming him jazz ambassador of […]

  • Ronda


    Listen Ronda is a composition by the Brazilian composer Paulo Vanzolini. This is Mark Rapp‘s arrangement incorporating an original chorinho introduction and ending along with a little frevo in the middle. This recording is featured on the ColaJazz vol.1 CD – an initiative to raise awareness of and to grow the amazing jazz scene in […]

  • A Thousand Words

    A Thousand Words

    This is my original composition “A Thousand Words” I composed for the TSP vol.II release “Ballads”. Part I portrays a timeless beauty; love and longing; a yearning passion, yet peaceful and calm; a knowing. Part II starts around 5’30” and portrays adventure, celebrating, fun and happiness employing a mixed meter of 5/8, 3/4 and 2/4. […]

  • Good Eats Live

    Good Eats Live

    It’s ALWAYS an honor to hear cats in other cities playing one of my original tunes! What a tremendous compliment. Here’s organ great, David Ellington (from New Orleans), playing my composition “Good Eats” from my CD of the same name at a venue in Atlanta, GA. You can download the sheet music below and stream […]

  • Dizzy Gillespie’s Trumpet

    Dizzy Gillespie’s Trumpet

    I had the amazing honor and privilege of playing on Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet – a trumpet which Jon Faddis gave to him. It happened on Friday, October 16, at the SC Jazz Festival, just 5 days before John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie’s birthday. Not only did I play on this famous horn, but I played it […]

  • Woven: Life in Notes and Steps

    Woven: Life in Notes and Steps

    Jazz composer and gifted trumpeter Mark Rapp teams up with professional choreographer Stephanie Wilkins to present Woven, a one of a kind tapestry of jazz and contemporary dance. Developed exclusively as part of The HT@MTC Performance Incubator, Woven melds choreography with improvisation, taking the audience on a life voyage through universal human experiences, from passion […]

  • ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – a jazz edition

    ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – a jazz edition

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the club All the hep cats were grooving, the music was love. The band was a-jammin’- our notes danced in the air In hopes we’d get paid, and dammit, paid fair. Lovers were nestled, sweet-nothings were said While visions of after-show hookups danced in their heads. And […]