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Marshall is jazz

Posted Friday, November 12, 2010, at 6:11 PM

Marshall has jazz in its bones.

It's there in our past -- the town produced one of the top jazz performers of the era in Bob James -- and it's present on the square when the Municipal Band plays and in auditoriums when the Community Chorus decides to swing.

And it's getting a new boost with the coming of age of Missouri Valley College's Jazz Band, which will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, in Eckilson-Mabee Auditorium on the MVC campus.

The group's first public performance this fall was at the MVC Fall Showcase. It played again at the Marshall Cultural Council's Dinner and a Show fundraiser.

Director Garry Anders has a passion for jazz and a passion for teaching -- and the result is evident when his bands take the stage.

The concert Sunday will be a chance for more people to see the group in action.

If you love jazz, you'll want to be there.

Related stories:
MVC jazz band to play first concert Nov. 22:
Marshall Community Chorus offers 'Our American Journey' concert April 19:
MHS Jazz Band to kick off UMKC concert on Friday:

New arts organization launches fundraising efforts:

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Marshall is Music!

-- Posted by Pat Nolan on Fri, Nov 12, 2010, at 10:26 AM

Keepp the good work guys. Hope to see you in May.

-- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Fri, Nov 12, 2010, at 11:59 PM

hey eric

did the council ever think about a bluegrass festival? or something like "an evening with the dirt band" or something featuring sam bush, pat flynn, jerry douglas, or any of the pickers from groups like "new grass revival" ???

maybe a big gospel or christian music fest - seems there used to be quite a few people who attended the "festival in the sun" events and the little christian coffee house - i think they called it el roi's or something like that ...

anyway - marshall may be more than than just jazz ... although jazz is a great genre to promote.

just sayin'


-- Posted by zeke on Mon, Nov 15, 2010, at 8:33 AM

That's a great suggestion, zeke. That would be fun. I think the council would also be very interested in finding and featuring local bluegrass performers. The organization's mission is to support and promote the arts in Marshall and support Marshall in the arts.

Who plays bluegrass hereabouts?

-- Posted by Eric Crump on Mon, Nov 15, 2010, at 9:41 AM

used to be some folks who played at various places around - restaurants and maybe even the city hall. i'll see if i can find out more.


-- Posted by zeke on Mon, Nov 15, 2010, at 12:15 PM

may be able to send some your way from out in my neck of the woods - and i know the gorsetts from up aournd carrollton are bluegrass/gospel pickers from way back.


-- Posted by zeke on Mon, Nov 15, 2010, at 12:17 PM
I've heard them. I think they played at Arrow Rock last year. Good old time music, as I recall.

I would love to see a bluegrass festival come to town. I would definitely support and attend one of those. Jazz I'm not so fond of. I do like blues. I know often people think they sound alike and can't tell the difference but I can and a good blues band... ahhhh, wonderful. I like folk music too.

-- Posted by AnneD on Mon, Nov 15, 2010, at 7:09 PM

AnneD sorry to hear that you do not like jazz. I know that it is presumptious of me to suggest this, but please sample my favorite jazz artist John Coltrane at the following link. I can't imagine that anyone that likes the blues would not like this bluesy saxophone. It reeks of the blues, but is definitely jazz. Happy listening.


-- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Wed, Nov 17, 2010, at 11:36 PM


There is a wealth of bluegrass tradtion right here in Missouri. Just google missouri bluegrass.

The very talented and lovely Rhonda Vincent lives in North Missouri and the Dillards (or the Darlings from the Andy Griffith Show) are from southern Missouri and sound as good as ever.

Bluegrass lends itself very well to long weekend festivals. Arrow Rock State Park Campground would be a great place for one.

-- Posted by What the f...... on Mon, Nov 22, 2010, at 2:17 PM

Thank you, Oklahoma. That was very enjoyable. And very bluesy, as you said! :-)

-- Posted by AnneD on Sun, Dec 5, 2010, at 1:12 PM

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Eric Crump is a former editor of The Marshall Democrat-News. He lives elsewhere now but still loves Marshall and Saline County. He's trying to catch up on all the stories he should have written while he was on staff.
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