From St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands,  Jazz clarinetist Steve Simon hosts the coolest Jazz jam in downtown Charleston every Thursday evening from 7pm to 10pm at Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar. 

Each week some of Charleston's greatest Jazz musicians and other surprise guests join Steve and his band, The Kings of Jazz, for an evening of great Jazz.

Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar is located at 630 King Street in the fabulous Upper King area of Downtown Charleston.

From his humble beginnings in Charleston as a Burke High School saxophone prodigy, Oscar River's, Jr. is truly the Lowcountry's most beloved Jazz icon.  After graduating from South Carolina State College, Oscar received his Masters in Music from Chicago's Roosevelt University and began his decades long career as a music educator in both Chicago and Charleston.

Upon his return to Charleston, Oscar's professional star began to rise when he formed Rivers & Company with the late Fabian Rivers, his beautiful and extraordinary Jazz singer wife.

Oscar's amazing career as a Jazz pianist and saxophonist has included performing and touring with Quincy Jones, Melba Moore, The Temptations, Gladys Knight, Lou Rawls and Stevie Wonder, just to name a few.

And today, in addition to being the Music Director and Keyboardist for The Kings of Jazz, Oscar proudly leads and accompanies the Morris Brown AME Church's gospel choirs.

Bobby Alvarez started singing at age 13 and one year later he won the Apollo Amateur Hour at the world famous Apollo theater in NYC and by age 16 he was playing and singing all over New York.  Bobby was a vocalist for the US Navy Band prior to relocating to Charleston in 1976.  For almost 40 years Bobby Alvarez has been entertaining audiences throughout the Lowcountry.  He is a member of the great bands PLANEJANE and The Phunk Phactor as well as lead vocalist for the Prohibition Jazz All-Stars and The Kings of Jazz.

Bobbie Storm has been entertaining Lowcountry audiences since 1966.  Bobbie credits her mom, the late and great Charleston jazz vocalist icon Sugar Holt, for inspiring her to focus on jazz.  Bobbie Storm has been featured in Spoleto festivals and has shared the stage with other Charleston jazz greats such as Tommy Gill, Don Scalleya, Wayne Mithchum, Joe Wilson, Jimmy Ward and Oscar Rivers, Jr. just to name a few.  Bobbie credits Dinah Washington, Nancy Wilson, Diana Krall and of course her own mom Sugar Holt for inspiring her singing style.



Heather is a soulful singer songwriter, Jazz singer, and activist. Her autobiographical song compilation, "Heather Rice", was released on New Year's Day 2015.   She has recently opened for Joan Osborn, Lee DeWyze, and Sheryl Crow and has been a regular at the esteemed Bosendorfer Lounge at the Grand Bohemian Hotel. 

Funky, soulful, exhilarating and amazingly charismatic Chris Williams has been inspiring audiences all over Charleston for many years.  Chris is a member of the PlainJane Band and performs weekely at Halls.  With his fabulous dreads flying in the wind, watching and listening to Chris Williams perform is truly a magical experience.

Wayne Mitchum has been playing Jazz bass professionally since 1972.   Whether on his six-string electric bass or his fabulous upright bass, Wayne has played with such  local  Jazz greats as Tommy Gill, Quinton Baxter and our own Oscar Rivers, Jr.  Wayne has also performed with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and has appeared in many high profile theater productions including three years with The Seranade Show, That 60's show, The Charleston Blues Review and The Charleston Christmas Show.  Born in downtown Charleston and now living on Seabrook Island, Wayne is one of the busiest bassists in the Lowcountry. 

Charlestonian Leroy Smalls, Jr. is one of the most popular sax players in town.  After a long career as a band director and music educator in the Charleston County School System, Leroy continues to wow audiences with his rich gospel influenced Jazz sax.  

As a principal musician in the famed Charleston Actors Theater group, Leroy has performed in numerous Spoleto festivals and off- Broadway show productions including Ain't Misbehavin', Purlie, Annie and Bubbling Brown Sugar.  Leroy has also opened for Bradford Marsalis, The Drifters, The Marshall Tucker Band and Will Downing.

  Markus Helander is one of the most popular and sought after Jazz drummers in the Lowcountry.  This amazing percussionist hails from Finland and has performed with some of the most well known bands here in Charleston as well as all over the world.  With a Masters degree in Music Education from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, Markus's career has included music journalism, teaching, conducting, producing and arranging.  He is truly an internationally recognized renaissance man for all seasons.