THE DES MOINES JAZZ FESTIVAL
The Des Moines Jazz Festival at The Des Moines Social Club
Be there for the 2nd Annual Des Moines Jazz Festival, two days of great jazz performance, workshops, and jam sessions across the DMSC campus.
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Two Day Ticket $25
Friday ticket $10
Saturday ticket $20
TWO DAY TICKET
September 1, 2017
5:00PM THE NOLA JAZZ BAND
6:45PM THE SHOTGUN JAZZ BAND
September 2, 2017
2:00PM DARTANYAN BROWN TRIO
3:30PM IZABEL CRANE
5:00PM HERMON MEHARI TRIO
6:30PM TWIN CITIES LATIN JAZZ COMBO
8:30PM JOSÉ JAMES
The headliner for the Des Moines Jazz Festival is vocalist José James, a Minneapolis native now based in New York City. Recently featured on the cover of DownBeat, the premier jazz magazine, James is recognized for the power of his voice and for his ability to master different musical styles and make them his own.
James’ recording of Billie Holiday songs proved his merit as a jazz singer. But his rising career has shown impressive versatility, drawing from R&B, Hip Hop, Indie Pop and electronic music. Recent performances have seen James shed crooner trappings in favor of stirring duo performances with drummer Nate Smith that include a number of electronic-enhanced songs. James and Smith will perform as a duo for the Jazz Festival and will get the crowd on their feet at the DMSC courtyard.
SHOTGUN JAZZ BAND
The Shotgun Jazz Band, a septet from New Orleans, will be the featured band on Friday night. Regulars at New Orleans hot spots such as The Spotted Cat, Three Muses, and The Frenchmen, the musicians of Shotgun will bring serious chops and the energy of New Orleans street bands to Des Moines.
TWIN CITIES LATIN JAZZ COMBO (WITH TANNER TAYLOR)
Comprised of some of the finest jazz musicians from the Minneapolis/St. Paul region, The Twin Cities Latin Jazz Combo is dedicated to the expansion of Latin jazz in the Midwest. Led by master percussionist Mac Santiago, the combo will be joined for its Des Moines Jazz Festival performance by local jazz pianist Tanner Taylor.
HERMON MEHARI TRIO
Born in Jefferson City, Missouri, Hermon Mehari gravitated to jazz trumpet thanks his discovery of Midwest-born Miles Davis and the power of improvisation. In September 2015 this Kansas City- and Paris-based trumpet virtuoso won the prestigious Carmine Caruso International Trumpet Competition, less than a year after reaching the semifinals of the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition.
Recently, as a member of the 11-piece pop/rap band The Buhs, Mehari gained the attention of a new audience with his reinterpretations of Michael Jackson songs. He brought that cross-genre approach to Bleu, his debut recording as a bandleader and the music that will be the focus of his set at the Des Moines Jazz Festival. Mehari’s new approach to jazz standards and the performance of originals set him apart as a player.
Izabel Crane is a self-described “Ozark Gypsy Jazz” band from Springfield, Missouri. Led by a talented female vocalist and guitar player, this quintet includes gypsy jazz guitar, drums, bass, cornet, and mandolin. This group is a recent discovery and will perform both high-energy gypsy jazz standards and self-penned originals. This band knows how to swing and it knows how to sway.
Izabel Crane is riding the wave of an explosion of interest in bands that combine the acoustic sounds of early 20th-century music with a modern approach to lyrics and performance (i.e. Mumford and Sons and The Lumineers).
Dartanyan Brown began his musical life in the 1960s playing folk music while at North High School in Des Moines. But after Dartanyan picked up the bass, he never looked back. Despite protests from his parents, he quit school and hit the road as a touring musician. Soon Dartanyan, as he’s known, caught the attention of Bill Chase, whose band Chase was creating a new type of jazz called fusion. A combination of jazz and rock, fusion demanded a bass player who could play complex cascading lines, and keep up with the drummer. Dartanyan was more than up to the task.
In 1988 Dartanyan moved to San Francisco where he continued to pursue a musical career as player and producer. In 2016 Dartanyan moved back to Des Moines, much to the delight of local jazz fans who remember him from his work in the 1970s and 80s.
THE NOLA JAZZ BAND
NOLA is a Des Moines-based traditional New Orleans-style jazz band that has developed a strong and loyal following. The NOLA Jazz Band has played alongside a number of well-known traditional jazz and music groups this past year including Davina & the Vagabonds, Sony recording artist trumpet player and singer Bria Skonberg, and Dom Flemons of The Carolina Chocolate Drops. Individual band members have also shared the stage with Vincent Gardner, Maynard Ferguson, Benny Goodman, Kurt Elling, and many other well know jazz artists during their careers. NOLA Jazz Band members have also been inducted into the Iowa Jazz Hall of Fame, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.