Jazz Up, Columbia!
Get In The Groove For Jazz Appreciation Month
BY PEG GILL
April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and the “We Always Swing” Jazz Series is joining in this month-long national celebration that recognizes jazz from coast to coast.
Columbia’s festivities kick off at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at Ragtag Cinema (10 Hitt St.) with a special free screening of “Keep on Keepin’ On.” This acclaimed documentary, directed by Alan Hicks, centers on 94-year old trumpeter and jazz icon Clark Terry, who enjoyed long stints in both Duke Ellington’s and Count Basie’s bands. Terry was one of the great bandleaders and trumpeters in the history of modern jazz. The film is a touching documentary that follows Terry as he befriends and mentors Justin Kauflin, a young, blind jazz pianist. The film features Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock and other jazz greats. Advance reservations are required; call 573-449-3009.
There are more than 20 Jazz Series events planned for April, including special shows at Murry’s (3107 Green Meadows Way) on April 12 and 26, and a watch party at the Jazz Series’ downtown location (21 N. 10th St.) at 6:30 p.m. on April 20. The National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony & Concert from “Jazz at Lincoln Center” will air. Call the Jazz Series at 573-449-3009 for watch party details.
The celebration culminates on April 30 with an International Jazz Day open house from 1 to 8 p.m. at Jazz Series headquarters. The event will feature viewing opportunities for various global concerts, plus live music.
For a complete list of Jazz Appreciation Month events, visit www.wealwaysswing.org or call 573-449-3009.
Hold That Note
If come May 1, jazz fans aren’t quite ready for the celebration to end, they can head to the Missouri Theatre (203 S. Ninth St.) for the MU School of Music’s Jazz Big Bands concert at 7:30 p.m. Free to students and MU faculty and staff, the concert is just $5 for the general public. Call 573-882-3781 for tickets.