Our 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 original American art form in a safe, comfortable setting, by presenting the best locally based, regional and national Jazz musicians Missouri and the world has to offer to expand their understanding and appreciation of the art form."


2021’s music lineup starts

at 2:00 PM



Columbia’s own, Mr. Fun, lays down some creative neck factor for all to hear and enjoy.


Two tenor saxes, killer rhythm section, all originals from KC.  A great combination!

LA MOVIDA (tentative)

Mix latin, salsa, and rock and you get the Columbia group La Movida.  Dance the day away!

GOOD 4 THE SOUL (tentative)

Explosive four-piece group, pocket players all from St. Louis.


Inventive, heartfelt, lyrically thought provoking, a marriage of opposing styles and sounds. From Tulsa.

Mo Jazz

Music Festival

Saturday 9-11-21

Doors open at 1:00 pm

Music 2:00 - 9:30 pm

The Outdoor Stage in

Forrest Rose Park

of Rose Music Hall

1013 Park Ave.

Columbia, Missouri

Columbia, Missouri (Directions)

Jazz Forward Initiative, Inc.

P.O. Box 104994

Jefferson City, MO  65110



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Our Sponsors, Supporters, Friends!


It is with deep sadness and disappointment that Jazz Forward Initiative, Inc. (JFI) had to cancel the 2020 Mo Jazz Music Festival. But the 2020 Mo Jazz Virtual Music Festival will be available for viewing on Wednesday, September 23 and 24 at 7:00 pm CDT on Youtube.  Part I will be available on 9-23-2020 here and Part II here on 9-24-2020. Also, the programs will be broadcast and streamed on KJLU Radio, 88.9FM on Friday, 9-25, starting at 1:30 pm CDT, and Saturday, 9-26 at 6:00 pm CDT. And the programs can be streamed here.

We have spoken with Rose Park and have started plans for the next Mo Jazz Music Festival, to take place there on Saturday, September 11, 2021.  Things might be looking up!

John McGowan                 Millie Westling                 Victoria Bassinson