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Mojo’s to host 3rd annual jazz reunion concert

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Three years in, it’s starting to look like tradition.

Mojo’s Coffee Shop on the Bethel College campus will host the 3rd Annual Reunion Jazz Concert, Dec. 23 from 6-8 p.m.

Featured musicians are Brett Jackson and Joel Linscheid, saxophones, Ben Harder and Andy Toews, trombones, Nathan Webb, drums, Jacob Webb, bass, and Chris Hazelton, piano.

Many of them played jazz together at Newton High School, Bethel College or both.

Linscheid started directing the jazz studies program at Bethel this fall, while James Pisano is on sabbatical and education leave.

“This is the third year we’ve put together this concert [at Mojo’s], and I’m really glad we’ve continued the tradition,” Linscheid said. “We look forward to playing together each year. It’s a great way to reconnect, both musically and personally.

“The last two years, we’ve had a great turnout. It’s a lot of fun to catch up with community members and old friends who are home for the holidays. We’ve always felt very lucky to have grown up in such a supportive musical community.”

Admission to the concert is free, with donations accepted.

“We love playing at Mojo’s,” Linscheid added, “and we’re extremely grateful that owner and manager Patty Meier has been so generous to host the event every year. If you don’t come for the jazz, at least come for the coffee.”

The set list will include “a number of jazz standards, some original compositions and, of course, a few holiday favorites,” Linscheid said.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2013-14 analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2013-14. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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