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."


Mo Jazz

Music Festival

Saturday 9-11-21

Doors open at 1:00 pm

Music starts at 2:00 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



2021’s music lineup starts

at 2:00 PM


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


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

MR. FUN 4:50 PM

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


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

HUNTERTONES 7:40 PM 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.

Our Sponsors, Supporters, Friends!

The 2021 Mo Jazz Music Festival is Saturday, September 11, 2021 in Rose Park at Rose Music Hall! Fingers crossed for great weather!  And we are still a GO!!


The Mo Jazz Music Festival is Saturday, September 11 at Rose Park, 1013 Park Ave. in Columbia. Just a reminder for all people who wish to attend the Festival:

The festival is free and open to the public.

Doors open at 1:00 pm

You must show a printed copy (or original) full Covid vaccination card, or a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of the day of the event to gain entry. It cannot be a photo on your cell phone.

You can bring in folding chairs and blankets.

You cannot bring in your own food or drinks.

The food truck, 2 Odd Dawgs, will be available for dining.

ONLY registered service animals are allowed in the venue.

Please take note of this information so you will have a pleasant, comfortable and knowledgeable experience! Hope to see you there!