Meet the artists powering this year’s free MO Jazz Music Festival

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Free jazz.

The MO Jazz Music Festival, which alights upon Rose Park next weekend, doesn’t necessarily offer free jazz of the adventurous, Ornette Coleman variety. But the one-day outdoor affair celebrates jazz, and surveys its various states, by drawing listeners into a free show.

The Sept. 9 lineup, which melds national, regional and local talents, is a thoughtful entry into the sound, stacked with acts who major in accessibility but also cherish their minor digressions. Here’s a look at this year’s roster.

Lao Tizer Quartet with Eric Marienthal

Considering Lao Tizer 15 years ago, AllMusic’s Alex Henderson assigned the keyboardist/bandleader a class with jazz artists such as Grover Washington Jr. — separate from the Kenny Gs of the world — affirming the Colorado native descends from the “masters of tasteful commercialism.”

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