38th Annual Jazz Festival Features Dick Oatts and Mike Kocour

The 38th annual Truman State University Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival will present alto saxophonist Dick Oatts and jazz pianist Mike Kocour at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 25, in Baldwin Auditorium.

The event revolves around an all-day jazz competition that brings in more than 25 bands from middle schools and high schools from Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Kansas.

"The closest cities that have live jazz of this caliber are St. Louis and Kansas City," Jazz Fest Chair Barry Watson said. "But once every year we are able to bring this music that is rich in culture and full of life to the city of Kirksville."

The main concert features Oatts and Kocour, who has been called "one of the most sophisticated pianist in jazz" by the Chicago Tribune, alongside the Truman jazz ensemble. Tickets are $6 at the door. The guest artists will also play a combo concert from 9-11 p.m., Feb. 24, at Patterson’s. The combo concert is also open to the public. Tickets cost $6 at the door.

For more information, contact Barry Watson at 988.0762 or Tim Aubuchon at 785.4412.
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