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


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


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


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


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


Huntertones brings people together around the globe with fun, imaginative and fearless music. Their high-energy, horn-driven sound features genre bending composition and

unconventional covers.

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



Our Sponsors, Supporters, Friends!

John McGowan                 Millie Westling                 Victoria Bassinson

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The 2020 Mo Jazz Virtual Music Festival is available for viewing on YouTube.

The 2021 Mo Jazz Music Festival is Saturday, September 11, 2021 in Rose Park at Rose Music Hall! Fingers crossed for great weather and safe environs!

Winner of THREE . . .

2020 Best of Missouri Life Awards

                 Best Outdoor                                Best Family                                 Best Kept

                     Festival                                          Show                                         Secret

                   (Culture Category)                                                            (Culture Category)                                                          (Culture Category)