Saturday, September 2 2017 • 3:00 pm • Des Moines Social Club

The Des Moines Jazz Festival

The 2nd Annual Des Moines Jazz Festival is two days of world-class jazz performances, meet-and-greets, workshops, and post-concert jam sessions across the DMSC campus.

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Supporting Sponsors:

Fred and Charlotte Hubbell | John and Penny Krantz | Neil and Debra Salowitz | Kum & Go | Raker Rhodes Engineering | Des Moines Register



Two Day Ticket $25
Friday ticket $10
Saturday ticket $20


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Vanity Fair Magazine just listed Sasha Masakowski as one of the top jazz musicians in the world and December 2015 issue of Downbeat Magazine named Sasha among the most innovative musicians coming out of New Orleans to date.
“Masakowski’s marvelous voice can be sly, sexy, exotic and arresting as she works her way through an incredibly diverse array of music that crosses cultural and stylistic lines in interesting ways” – All About Jazz
Sasha is currently preparing a new album, Art Market. The music takes a deliberate step into new territory, showcasing Sasha not only as a vocalist but also as a composer and bandleader. Compositions on Art Market splash traditional New Orleans jazz with layers of electro pop and art rock, and the tunes are all heavily based on the various rhythms of her hometown, from swing to second-lines to bounce music and beyond. Art Market is currently being mixed and mastered, and will be released in early autumn of 2017.



Shotgun Jazz BandThe Shotgun Jazz Band, a septet from New Orleans, will follow NOLA 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. The Shotgun Jazz Band will appeal especially to casual and new jazz fans who will discover this new “old” music for the first time.”


TC Latin Jazz ComboComprised 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 MehariBorn 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-700x700Izabel 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 BrownDartanyan 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 Dart, 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.


NOLA Jazz BandNOLA is a Des Moines-based traditional New Orleans-style jazz band that has developed a strong and loyal following. Given the large crowds that typically attend NOLA’s Friday Happy Hour concerts, we expect an overflow audience for their appearance as the kickoff band for the Des Moines Jazz Festival. 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.


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