‘We Always Swing’ Jazz Series announces dynamic 2022-23 concert season


Vibraphonist Joel Ross

As its name implies, the “We Always Swing” Jazz Series perpetually feels the pulse of the jazz world, programming artists who are grounded in the music’s history and push toward its future.

The longtime concert series renewed its commitment to Columbia listeners last week, announcing its 2022-23 season. On tap is a varied slate of musicians appearing in settings as grand as the Missouri Theater and as intimate as in front of your corner table at Murry’s.

Among the most promising offerings is an Oct. 30 date with trumpeter Terell Stafford’s All-Star Quintet at Murry’s. The director of jazz studies and chair of instrumental studies at Temple University, Stafford has played with the likes of Bobby Watson and McCoy Tyner while charting his own path.

Terell Stafford

The Jazz Series’ annual Dr. Carlos and Laura Perez-Mesa Memorial Concert, which focuses its attention on dynamic Latin jazz, recurs Jan. 28 at the Missouri Theatre. Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca will lead a group of players in what is being billed the Chick Corea Afro-Caribbean Experiment.

One of jazz’s true rising stars, vibraphonist Joel Ross appears with his “Good Vibes” quartet April 18 at Whitmore Recital Hall on the University of Missouri campus. On his album “The Parable of the Poet,” released this April, Ross “offers yet another window into his nuanced and sophisticated post-bop world,” AllMusic’s Matt Collar wrote.

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