22nd annual Jazzfest draws musicians from around the state

Music filled the air in downtown Jefferson City Saturday afternoon as the annual Capital Jazzfest got underway.

Nancy "Cathe" Franklin, a DJ for KJLU who has served as emcee for the last six Jazzfests, told KRCG 13 the festival is a great way for area musicians to get exposure. She said she loves getting to meet the performers beforehand.

"It's just fabulous. They're always great, great people, wonderful to work with," she said.

Franklin said she locates bands for the festival through the contacts she develops for her radio show, Missouri Sound, which focuses on Missouri jazz and blues acts. She said she already knows the bands she has in mind sound good when she calls them up.

Franklin estimated the festival draws about 3,000 to 5,000 spectators to downtown Jefferson City every year.

As the afternoon unfolded, Arthur White was getting ready to lead the MU Faculty Jazz Combo in their set. The MU Director of Jazz Studies said he loved the support Jefferson City provides for the festival each year.

"It's a wonderful hang for us," he said, adding he always brings students as well as faculty to perform each year.

Jazzfest continues into Saturday night and will conclude with a blues band performance at 7 p.m. Admission is free.