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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 2019 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.

Great Jazz Series Education Raffle

From now through April 30, you can support our James Williams Jazz Education Program while giving yourself the opportunity to win some incredible prizes! Tickets ALL PROCEEDS benefit our education programs. (1 Ticket/$10, 3 Tickets/$25, 7 Tickets/$50) are available online, over the phone at 573/449-3009, in person at the Jazz Series Box Office (21 N. Tenth Street) and at all Jazz Series events. [Purchase of tickets is not tax-deductble.]

1st Prize: PAIR OF SEASON TICKETS to the 25th Anniversary "We Always Swing"® Jazz Series 2019/2020 Subscription Season (~900-$1,000 Value)

2nd Prize: PAIR OF "JAZZ IN THE DISTRICT" PACKAGES for the 25th Anniversary "We Always Swing"® Jazz Series 2019/2020 Season (~$450 Value)

3rd Prize: $125 Gift Certificate good for Jazz Series merch and/or tickets.

Jazz Appreciation Month Schedule  

April 2:

"Jazz in The Schools" @ Gentry Middle School

April 4:

"Jazz in The Schools" @ Fairview Elementary

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

April 8:

*Chancellors's Arts Showcase @ Missouri Theatre, 7 p.m.**

April 9:

Brad Mehldau Trio @ Whitmore Recital Hall, 7 p.m.** [SOLD OUT!]

April 10:

"Jazz in The District" @ Top Ten Wines, 6-8 p.m. featuring Tony Lotven Trio


"Jazz in The District" featuring MU Jazz Combo @ Skylark Bookshop, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.


*MU Concert Jazz Band @ The Shack, 7 p.m.

April 13:

*Glenn Miller Orchestra @ Misouri Theatre, 7 p.m.** [University Concert Series]

April 14:

Aaron Diehl Trio @ Murry's, 3:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.**

April 15:

NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert From The Kennedy Center "Watch Party" @ The Roof, 7 p.m. [FREE]

April 17:

10% Day @ Logboat Brewing Company ALL DAY with music from Greg's Organic Green Akers, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Columbia Jazz Jam @ Cafe Berlin, 8 p.m.

April 27:

Bookshop Jazz @ Skylark Bookshop, 4 - 5:30 p.m.

April 18:

Flat Branch Pub & Brewing's 25th Anniversary Party, with music from Greg's Organic Green Akers 6 P.M.-8:30 p.m. 

APRIL 28: 

New York Standards Quartet @ Murry's, 3:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.**


Annual Children's Concerts (2) @ Hickman High School featuring The New York Standards Quartet

"Jazz Series 10% Day" @ Broadway Brewery feat. MU Jazz Combos and Columbia Jazz Orchestra. Special Guests: NYSQ Members: David Berkman & Tim Armacost [7 p.m.-11 p.m.] [FREE]

April 30:

Last Day to enter the Great Jazz Series Education Raffle!

International Jazz Day - "Open House," Jazz Series Offices, 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

*Youth Jazz Jam of Columbia @ Fretboard Coffee, 7 p.m.


[*Non-Jazz Series Produced Event]

[**Ticketed Event/Admission Required]


JAM Discounts and Drinks Around Town

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

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

SKYLARK BOOK SHOP: April 1-30, 10% Discount on all jazz & blues titles

"TAKE A SIP FOR JAZZ EDUCATION" - NORTHCOAST BREWING COMPANY’S GUEST SPOTS!: The Jazz Series is pleased to have North Coast Brewing Co. in partnership with Major Brands Distributing Co., return as a JAM Supporter. In recognition of the North Coast's long-standing and great dedication to jazz and specifically jazz education, numerous establishments are "Pouring All Month Long." Each location features one or more of brewery's various quality beers including, in some spots, the company’s flagship brew: Brother Thelonious Belgian Ale. Since its 1988 founding, the Fort Bragg, Calif.-based brewery has donated more tahn $1M toward Jazz Education nationwide, the Jazz Series being among the recipients of its generosity. So, when you drink a North Coast-brewed beer, you "Take A Sip For Jazz Education." During Jazz Appreciation Month, request North Coast brews at these fine locations*: Addison's Downtown, Barred Owl, Murry's, Sycamore, Tellers, The Broadway/The Roof & Top Ten Wines. Remember: With every sip, you celebrate and support jazz and jazz education! [*Locations updated regularly.]

Thanks to our JAM Sponsors & Collaborators!

Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity
Flat Branch Pub & Brewery
Hitt Records
Major Brands
Missouri Employers Mutual
Missouri Lottery
MU School of Music
North Coast
Skylark Bookshop
The Broadway
The Roof
Top Ten Wines

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