What We Do

The “We Always Swing”® Jazz Series, founded in 1995 as a community-based, all-jazz concert presentation and education endeavor, was created to: Present, preserve, promote AND celebrate the great American art form known as “Jazz,” featuring concerts with the world’s greatest artists augmented by educational activities involving K-12/College students.

Why We’re Great

The arts-driven Jazz Series, which has been recognized nationally by the National Endowment for the Arts and National Public Radio, remains one of FEWER THAN 10 such community-based jazz organizations IN THE UNITED STATES located in a market the size of Central Missouri – and the ONLY such entity of its kind in out-state Missouri.

Why We Deserve Your Support

A one-of-a-kind project, we continue to attract the greatest musicians in the world to the community. We provide educational programs to schools, K-Univ, as well as the community at-large, that otherwise would not exist; we elevate the community’s standing nationally; on a financial note, tickets account for only 30% of our budget.

What We Need

We need event-related assistance; we also need volunteers with knowledge of marketing and fundraising. In-kind quality printers as well as printing/marketing/advertising opportunities would have a major impact. Additional software and knowledge of marketing and fundraising would be helpful.

Executive Director:

Jon W. Poses

Years in Service:



21 N. Tenth St.
Columbia, Missouri 65201







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