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Posted on: September 26, 2018

9th annual Springfield Jazz Festival this Saturday


Springfield continues a great season of live music downtown with the 9th annual Springfield Jazz Festival, starting at noon on Saturday.  

The festival includes seven hours of free live music on Park Central East and Park Central Square. The lineup promises a variety of grooves from the Missouri State University Jazz Ensemble and Symposiums, the Evangel and Drury jazz bands, the Brandon Mezzelo Trio, the Arthur Duncan Band, Hamm/Aho Trio featuring Christin Bohrisch, the Brueggemann/Gouge Quintet, the Brant Jester Quartet and the Missouri Jazz Orchestra (MOJO).

“We are thrilled to showcase the talented jazz musicians from our local universities, as well as welcome a great lineup of local and regional jazz artists and introduce the legendary three-time Grammy winner Ramsey Lewis and Urban Knights as the festival’s headliner,” says Downtown Springfield Association Executive Director Rusty Worley. “But it’s more than just about the music and celebrating the work of great artists – it’s also about celebrating the cultural diversity in our community.”

The excitement continues inside the historic Gillioz Theatre at 8 p.m., as the Gillioz Center for Arts & Entertainment proudly presents three-time Grammy winner Ramsey Lewis and Urban Knights.

Tickets are $36.50-$50 and all tickets are reserved seating. Call 417-863-9491 or visit to purchase.

Festival partners include the Gillioz, Systematic Savings Bank, Missouri Arts Council, Springfield Regional Arts Council, Springfield Public Schools, Springfield Music, Missouri State University, the Downtown Springfield Association and the City.


Park Central East Stage (across from the Gillioz)

  • Noon: The Brandon Mezzelo Trio
  • 1 p.m.: The Brueggemann/Gouge Quintet
  • 2 p.m.: The Brant Jester Quartet
  • 3 p.m.: The Hamm/Aho Duo featuring Christin Bohrisch
  • 4:30 p.m.: The Missouri Jazz Orchestra (MOJO)
  • 6 p.m.: The Arthur Duncan Band

Park Central Square Pavilion Stage

  • Noon: MSU Jazz Studies Ensemble I
  • 1 p.m.: Evangel Jazz Band
  • 2 p.m.: Drury Jazz Band
  • 3 p.m.: MSU Jazz Symposium I
  • 4 p.m.: MSU Jazz Symposium II

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For more information, contact: Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, 417-864-1009 (office) | 417-380-3352 (cell), [email protected] or Rusty Worley, Executive Director, Downtown Springfield Association, 417-831-6200 or [email protected]

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