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Happy Jazz Appreciation Month

In 2001, the Smithsonian Institution initiated “Jazz Appreciation Month.” The “We Always Swing”® Jazz Series is again pleased to participate with organizations across the country and around the world in this month-long celebration. From April 1–30, organizations will cumulatively produce hundreds of concerts, educational activities, screen films, curate exhibits hold masterclasses and the like to draw attention to the great American art form known as “Jazz.” The Jazz Series has scheduled a range of events — more than 20 in all — during April. Here is a glimpse at the 2017 Jazz Series “Jazz Appreciation Month” Calendar. Please note: events' times, dates, locations are subject to change. We encourage everyone to participate — and to encourage others to do likewise. 


Joe Machens Great Jazz Education Raffle

All throughout the month of April, you can support our James Williams Jazz Education Program while giving yourself the opportunity to win some incredible prizes! Tickets (1 for $10, 3 for $25, 7 for $50) are available online, over the phone at 573/449-3009, in person at the Jazz Series Box Office (21 N. Tenth Street), or at Joe Machens Toyota.

Grand Prize:

Season Tickets for Two to the 2017/2018 "We Always Swing"® Jazz Series (~900 Value)

1st Prize:

A brand new set of tires from Joe Machens (~$600 Value)

2nd Prize:

"Jazz in the District" Ticket Package for Two (~$400 Value)

3rd Prize:

Wynton Marsalis-autographed "Live in Cuba" 4-LP Box Set, plus $100 in Jazz Series Merchandise  (~$200 Value)

Winners will be drawn at the SFJAZZ Collective show on April 30th at The Blue Note. You do not have to be present to win. Raffle ticket purchases are not tax-deductible.


April 2:

LISTEN - Laurence Hobgood Trio @ Murry’s, 3:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.

April 3:

WATCH - 2017 NEA Jazz Masters Celebration/Concert Performance From the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. * Video-streamed live at arts.gov, Kennedy-Center.org, and NPR.org/Music. An archive of the webcast will be available following the event. Additionally, SiriusXM Channel 67, Real Jazz will broadcast the concert live. Honorees Include: vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, author and producer Ira Gitler, bassist Dave Holland, keyboardist Dick Hyman, and organist Dr. Lonnie Smith.

April 5:  

FOR THE KIDS - “Jazz In The Schools” Initiative at Gentry Middle School In Partnership with Missouri Employers Mutual

FUN - Jazz Series BINGO at Logboat Brewing Co. 7-9 p.m.

April 6:

PLAY - Jazz Rep Lab, 7 p.m., @ Unitarian Universalist Church*


FOR THE KIDS - “INFORMANCE“/Annual Children’s Concert I: Arturo O’Farrill, 10 a.m. Hickman High School

 LISTEN - Dr. Carlos Perez-Mesa Memorial Concert, An Evening with Arturo O’Farrill: Solo Piano, Whitmore Recital Hall, MU School of Music, 100 Waugh St, 7 p.m.


FOR THE KIDS - “INFORMANCE“/Annual Children’s Concert II: Arturo O’Farrill, 10 a.m. Hickman High School

April 19:

 FUN - Jazz Series BINGO and 10% Day at Logboat Brewing Co. Stop by for BINGO from 7-9 p.m. The Jazz Series get 10% of all sales that day, 3-10 p.m., so stop by and have a beer or two!

PLAY - Columbia Jazz Jam, Café Berlin, 8 p.m. – midnight

April 20:

 LISTEN - MU Concert Jazz Band & MU Choir – Wynton Marsalis’s Abyssinian Mass, Missouri Theatre, 7:00 p.m.*

April 22:

 SHOP - Record Store Day at Hitt Records and Vinyl Renaisance. Purchase brand new, limited edition jazz vinyl!

April 24:

LISTEN - Columbia Jazz Orchestra, Broadway Brewery, 8:30 p.m.*

April 25:

 LEARN - Jazz Series Listening Happy Hour at HITT Records featuring Dr. Josh Reed and The Music of Miles Davis, 7 p.m. - FREE

APRIL 26: 

PARTY - Hyundai Dealership in conjunction with a Columbia Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting and the rollout of the brand’s “Genesis” model. Jazz Series gets $20 for every testdrive that day at the Hyundai Dealership.


CELEBRATE - INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY CONCERT: SFJAZZ Collective: The Music of Miles Davis & Originals, The Blue Note, 7 p.m.

WIN - Joe Machens Great Jazz Education Raffle drawing 


[*Non-Jazz Series Produced Event]


JAM Discounts and Drinks Around Town

• Purchase ANY new or pre-owned vehicle from ANY Joe Machens dealership and the Jazz Series receives $100 when you present THIS! 

•JAZZ SERIES MERCHANDISE: April 1-30, ALL Jazz Series merchandise = 10% discount.

• HITT RECORDS: April 1-30, 10% Discount on all jazz titles

• VINYL RENAISSANCE: APRIL 1-30: Save 10% on used in-store jazz LPs/CDs and an additional 10 percent on each subsequent purchase up to 50% off.

• NORTHCOAST BREWING COMPANY’S GUEST SPOTS!:The Jazz Series is pleased to have North Coast Brewing Co. return as a major sponsor and JAM Supporter. In recognition of the company’s long-standing and great dedication to jazz and specifically jazz education, we’re pleased to feature many of their specialty beers at several locations throughout Columbia, with particular attention being paid to the company’s flagship brew: Brother Thelonious Belgian Ale. Support jazz and jazz education here in Columbia and throughout the United States by requesting and sipping on some North Coast Brewing Co. product during Jazz Appreciation Month. When you visit your favorite establishment simply ask what North Coast products are available. With every sip you take, you celebrate and support jazz and jazz education!

Murrys: Red Seal, Scrimshaw (Brother Thelonious to follow this month)

Sycamore: Brother Thelonious and Tart Cherry Berliner Weiss

McGinty's: Scrimshaw (Brother Thelonious to follow this month)

44 Canteen: Brother Thelonious & Pranqster

Pizza Tree: Scrimshaw

44 Stone: Pranqster, Tart Cherry Berliner Weiss, Old Stock (Brother Thelonious to follow this month)

iTap: Tart Cherry Berliner Weiss

Barred Owl: Scrimshaw Bottles

Craft Beer Cellar: Tart Cherry Berliner Weiss

Jazz: Red Seal & Scrimshaw (Brother Thelonious to follow)

HyVee Market Grille, Conley Road: Red Seal Nitro

HyVee Market Grille, Broadway: Scrimshaw

Uprise: Pranqster & Scrimshaw 


Thanks to our JAM Sponsors & Collaborators!

Boone Electric Community Trust
Joe Machens
Hitt Records
Wells Fargo
Major Brands
North Coast
Vinyl Rennaissance
Missouri Lottery

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