The Capital Jazzfest is a FREE music festival created by Jazz Forward Initiative, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, in collaboration with several other non-profit entities. The Capital Jazzfest takes place in Jefferson City, Missouri each September. The mission statement: "Jazz Forward Initiative, Inc. (JFI) is dedicated to the support, preservation, and continuation of America’s national treasure, Jazz music. Our mission is to provide the citizens of mid-Missouri with the opportunity to see and hear excellent live performances of this uniquely American art form in a safe, comfortable setting, by presenting the best locally based, regional and national Jazz and blues musicians Missouri and the world has to offer to expand their understanding and appreciation of the art form."

What it is . . .

This year’s lineup

1:00 pm

Sam Copeland Quartet

Youthful Enthusiasm with a seasoned flavor. Just listen!

2:20 pm

Merge Quintet  Mid-west straight ahead originals.

3:40 PM

Good 4 The Soul

Top notch funk/R&B/Soul/Gospel. Believe it!

5:00 pm

Megan Birdsall Chanteuse from Kansas City

Since 1992


September 9, 2017

1:00 pm - 6:00pm

Jefferson City (Directions)

Previous Jazzfest performer lineups

Our premium Sponsors!

Capital Arts, our eleven-year partner for this year’s Capital Jazzfest

and Capital Arts Street Art Fair, celebrates their 50th year!

The Capital Jazzfest has MOVED!!

We will be located at the

Riverside Park Amphitheatre

on the Historic East Side in 2017!