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."


2019’s lineup starts

at 3:00 PM


South American music meets midwest musicianship, from Kansas City


The group combines jazz methods with funk and hip hop grooves, soulful vocal hooks and agile, potent rap lyrics.  From Columbia, Missouri


Hold onto your hats!  Marbin brings jazz rock to a new level.

From Chicago

To be determined

We’re searching the globe!


and Naked Rock Fight

It’s jazz, blues, R&B, and all top notch!  From St. Louis

Mo Jazz

Music Festival


September 7, 2019

3:00 - 10:00 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!

The MoJazz Music Festival is a FREE event created by Jazz Forward Initiative, Incorporated, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.  After a successful foray into the new (new look, new city, new venue), the Mo Jazz Music Festival starts its next year with some Missouri favorites and searches for groups unique. 

         D. Scott Bassinson                 Millie Westling                 Carma Westling Bassinson