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We Always Swing Jazz Series Present Two Unique Saturday Concerts

We Always Swing brings {Trés} with saxophonist Miguel Zenón to Columbia, MO on Saturday March 12. The concert will be presented at the First Baptist Church in Columbia. Originally scheduled for April 2020, and canceled due to health concerns, the special nature of this event, prompted the Jazz Series to reschedule Zenón as part of this 27th season.

The program features the chamber music group {Trés} – two saxophones and a piano – alongside MacArthur Genius Fellow and Guggenheim Award Winner Miguel Zenón. {Trés} is led by José Antonio Zayas Cabán who received a New Music USA Grant in 2019 to compose a suite honoring the rich musical traditions of Puerto Rico, where he is originally from.

The March 12 concert features Zenón improvising and soloing over the top of that suite played by {Trés}. An interesting mix of chamber music, jazz, and traditional Puerto Rican music, this Jazz Series Special Event is sure to inspire as well as entertain.

The Jazz Series is back in action April 2 at Rose Park, outside Rose Music Hall, for an outdoor concert featuring guitarist Dave Stryker's Guitar-Organ Explosion.

This event serves as the kick-off for all the Jazz Series has in store during April for Jazz Appreciation Month. Stryker, an Omaha-to-New Jersey transplant is as prolific and as energetic a performer as you're likely to find in jazz today. He's issued 30 titles under his own name - many released on his Strikezone label. He's also contributed to scores of other recordings; his discography continues to be on an upward trajectory. The breadth and scope of his experience is now three decades strong. The aptly named ensemble Guitar-Organ Explosion, includes Bobby Floyd, from Columbus, OH and one of the true unsung heroes of the Hammond B-3 organ.

Making this event that much hipper and more fun will be Eric Alexander, the deeply rooted, effervescent and versatile tenor saxophonist and Stryker’s longtime Drummer McClenty Hunter.

We have faith the jazz gods will provide perfect weather, but in case they don’t, the show will be moved inside Rose Music Hall.

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