The Department of Music at Missouri Western State University presents the Jerry Tolson Quartet in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9 in the Kemper Recital Hall inside Spratt Hall on the Missouri Western campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Jerry Tolson Quartet is a Louisville-based jazz group that features jazz standards, contemporary originals and Latin-influenced selections. The sound of this group ranges from the feel-good, foot-tapping, infectious sound of the hard bop era to the contemporary smooth jazz sound or artists such as Grover Washington and Kirk Whalum.

Tolson, who teaches jazz studies at the University of Louisville School of Music, is a pianist, vocalist, saxophonist and composer. Tolson’s arrangements have been published by UNC Jazz Press. He is known nationally as an expert clinician and has presented clinics and workshops around United States, in Canada and in Europe. Tolson is joined in the quartet by Natalie Boeyink, bass; Dwight Dozier, drums; and David Clark, alto saxophone.

Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The university offers student-centered, high quality instruction that focuses on experience-based learning, community service, and state-of-the-art technology. Missouri Western is located in St. Joseph, Mo., and is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region it serves. Visit