Freemasons make an appearance at Jazzoula

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Jazzoula gets a Masonic twist when Missoula Lodge #13 shows up to listen to jazz tonight. The local freemasons apparently contacted Jazzoula director Bruce Micklus recently to let him in on the ties between the fraternal organization and jazz greats.

As it turns out, it’s a pretty good list: Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin and Glenn Miller, among others.

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The Masons have long had a mysterious reputation steeped in symbols, metaphors and moral systems. Whether it’s a secret society or merely a society with some secrets, the Missoula masons at least are willing to talk—and listen—when it comes to jazz.

Tonight’s performances include UM’s jazz choir Jubileers, the David Horgan Ensemble featuring Chuck Florence on clarinet, David Morgenroth playing Duke Ellington and the UM Bebopsters.

Meet the Masons and listen to a landslide of jazz, some of which concentrates solely on Masonic jazz composers tonight, Tuesday, April 20, at St. Anthony’s Parish, 217 Tremont St., at 6:30 p.m. $10.

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