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Missoula Jazz Showcase
Captain Wilson Conspiracy
Dana Gallery, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
The Captain Wilson Conspiracy brings their contemporary and engaging approach to instrumental jazz to the stage for an evening of original compositions. Drawing influences from across the spectrum of jazz and pop music textures the band leans towards melodic improvisation and dynamic interplay- the modern synthesis.
We play mostly our own compositions with a few ‘new standards’ in the mix. We emphasize dynamics and active listening and use our compositions as springboards for improvisational exploration.
University Center Theater, 3 pm to 4 pm
Jazz Graffiti is Missoula’s multi-generational jazz ensemble. Made up of guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, and both tenor and alto saxophones, the group performs a lively mix of classic and contemporary jazz. Combining some of Missoula’s young jazz musicians with several veteran players, Jazz Graffiti is adept at a variety of styles – funk, soul, blues, latin, and swing – and is adept at pleasing audiences of all ages and musical tastes.
Sentinel High School Jazz Band
University Center Ballroom, 4 pm to 5:30 pm
The Sentinel High School Jazz Band has continually been a performing group at Missoula’s First Night, since its inception. The students will perform an array of standard and new jazz tunes. Bring your Dancing shoes and come support these young musicians! If you play an instrument, bring it and sit in on a blues tune or two!
American Art & Democracy Come Together in Jazz
University Center Theater, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
America is the only place where the art form called jazz could have been created. Rehmann begins by describing the roots of jazz in the field hollers and work songs of slaves and follows the art form through to the modern jazz era of the ‘40s, ‘50s, ‘60s, and beyond. Rehmann illustrates points with examples from recordings, his own saxophone playing, and video footage. Sponsored by Humanities Montana.
Big Sky Mudflaps
University Center Ballroom, 6 pm to 7 pm
The Big Sky Mudflaps are one of the most versatile and successful bands to ever come out of Montana. For over 40 years, they have kept people of all ages jumping, jiving, and dancing. They have performed at every First Night since its inception.
Ed Norton Big Band
University Center Ballroom, 10:30 pm to 2017
The Ed Norton Big Band is a 17 piece group specializing in classic American swing music. The band features a full complement of saxophones, trombones, trumpets, and rhythm section, and is made up of some of Montana’s finest musicians. Nothing swings like a genuine big band, and the Ed Norton Big Band swings with the best of them.
First Night Missoula
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- Family Friendly
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- World Music & Dance Festival
- Dance Party
- Hands-On Art & Activities
- Missoula Jazz Showcase
- Songwriter’s Showcase
- Indie Music Showcase
- Theater & Literary
- Et Cetera
Arts & Economic Prosperity IV
In 2010, Arts Missoula teamed up with Americans for the Arts to study the economic impact of the arts in Missoula. Read the full report here.download our pdf
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- Mailing Address – P. O. Box 7662, Missoula, MT 59807
- Physical Address – 327 E. Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802
- Phone – 406.541.0860
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