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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, film screenings, masterclasses, exhibitions, and the like to draw attention to the great American art form known as “Jazz.” The Jazz Series has scheduled a range of events during April.

Here is a glimpse at the 2017 Jazz Series “Jazz Appreciation Month” Calendar. Please note: events' times, dates, and locations are subject to change. We encourage everyone to participate — and bring their friends along as well!


Joe Machens Great Jazz Education Raffle

The Jazz Series is proud to offer an incredible raffle all month long with amazing prizes and all proceeds benefitting our James Williams Jazz Series Education Programs. Win a pair of Season Tickets, a brand-new set of tires from Joe Machens, a "Jazz in the District" Package for two, or a Wynton Marsalis-signed 4-LP Box Set and a bunch of Jazz Series merch! $10 gets you one entry into the raffle, or go all in with 3 tickets for $25 or 7 tickets for $50!

Purchase raffle tickets online HERE or drop by the Jazz Series offices (21 N. Tenth Street, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday).



April 1–30:
  • RAFFLE: The Annual "Joe Machens Great Jazz Education Raffle" Begins. Purchase Tickets HERE. [Raffle sales support the James Williams Jazz Series Education Programs]
  • DISCOUNTS: Receive Discounts on ALL jazz titles ALL month at Vinyl Renaissance & Hitt Records [See below for more info]
  • April 1:
  • PARTY: Jazz Appreciation Month Kick-Off at Joe Machens Toyota, 3-6 p.m., Join the Jazz Series and Joe Machens for an afternoon of food and refreshments, music, and fun to kick-off JAM! Joe Machens will donate $10 to support our Jazz in the Schools program for every test drive, so get ready to get behind the wheel of a brand new Toyota!
  • April 2:
  • CONCERT: Laurence Hobgood Trio @ Murry's, 3:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.
  • April 3:
  • TUNE-IN: 2016 NEA Jazz Masters Celebration/Concert Performance from the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. Video-streamed live at arts.govKennedy-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: Gary Burton, Vibraphonist/Bandleader, Educator; Wendy Oxenhorn, Jazz Foundation of America/Advocate; Pharoah Sanders, Saxophonist, Composer; Archie Shepp, Saxophonist, Composer, Educator*
  • April 5:
  • EDUCATION: "Jazz in the Schools" Initiative, 11:00 & 11:50 a.m. @ Gentry Middle School, In Partnership with Missouri Employers Mutual
  • FUN: Jazz Series Bingo, Logboat Brewery, 7-9 p.m.
  • April 6:
  • PLAY: Jazz Rep Lab, 7 p.m. @ Unitarian Universalist Church *
  • April 12:
  • EDUCATION: Annual Children's Concert/"Informance" I: Arturo O'Farrill, 10 a.m. @ Hickman High School
  • CONCERT: 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.
  • April 13:
  • EDUCATION: Annual Children's Concert/"Informance" II: Arturo O'Farrill, 10 a.m. @ Hickman High School
  • April 19:
  • FUN: Jazz Series Bingo, Logboat Brewery, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. [Proceeds benefit The Jazz Series]
  • 10% DAY @ Logboat - Jazz Series receives 10% of net sales ALL-DAY on ALL SALES at the brewery.
  • PLAY: Columbia Jazz Jam, Café Berlin, 8 p.m. - midnight
  • April 20:
  • CONCERT: MU Concert Jazz Band & MU Choir - Wynton Marsalis' Abyssinian Mass, Missouri Theatre, 7:00 p.m.*
  • April 24:
  • CONCERT: Columbia Jazz Orchestra, Broadway Brewery, 8:30 p.m.*
  • April 25:
  • LISTEN & LEARN: Jazz Series Listening Happy Hour with Dr. Josh Reed, MU Director of Jazz Studies, Hitt Records (12 Hitt St.), 7-8PM
  • April 26:
  • PARTY: Joe Machens Hyundai Ribbon Cutting, 4-6 p.m., Launch of the Hyundai Genesis with $20 test drive donations to our Jazz in the Schools program. Live jazz music throughout the event.
  • April 30:
  • TUNE-IN: International Jazz Day Live Streaming of Concerts from around the world!
  • CONCERT: SFJAZZ Collective: The Music of Miles Davis & Originals, The Blue Note, 7:00 p.m.
  • RAFFLE: "Joe Machens Great Jazz Education Raffle" Winner Selection Drawing



    [*Non-Jazz Series Produced Event]

    JAM Discounts and Drinks Around Town

    • JAZZ SERIES: April 1-30,
      • ALL Jazz Series merchandise = 10% discount
      • Become a NEW Jazz Series Von Freeman Memorial Lending Library Member for $60 and receive two North Coast/Jazz Series pilsner glasses and two bottles of North Coast's Brother Thelonious Ale
    • HITT RECORDS: April 1-30, 10% Discount on all Jazz Titles
      • Become a Jazz Series Student Member ($25) and receive a $10 Gift Certificate to Vinyl Renaissance plus regular Jazz Series Membership perks
      • Save 10 percent on used in-store jazz LPs/CDs and an additional 10 percent on each subsequent purchase up to and including half-off.
      • April 22, Record Store Day
    • NORTHCOAST BREWING COMPANY'S GUEST SPOTS!: Various Locations throughout Columbia. 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 in the company's flagship brew: Brother Thelonious Belgian Ale, named for the great pianist Thelonious Monk. 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!

    Thanks to our Jazz Appreciation Month Sponsors & Collaborators

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

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