Come enjoy the progressive sounds of one of America's longest running jazz orchestras, the Des Moines Big Band. Our concert season begins Wednesdays in September, at Nocé, Des Moines' newest Jazz Club and Cabaret, located at 1326 Walnut St, one block south of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.
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The Des Moines Big Band was founded in 1959 and has been a driving force in the Iowa jazz scene (yes, there IS one!) ever since. Well known for hundreds of miles around, it has become a regular stop for touring artists such as Bobby Shew, Frank Perowsky, Dick Oatts, John Fedchock, Paul McKee, Richie Cole, John Mosca and Clark Terry to mention just a few.
Our mission is to present cutting edge jazz without compromise. We regularly commission new compositions from nationally-recognized composers while still keeping the classics in the rotation. Our members are committed to high standards of performance, and we make sure that the band cooks!
We’re also committed to student musicians. We’ve worked hard to give student musicians a venue where they can hear high quality performances in an appreciative, smoke-free, family-friendly atmosphere. We also invite high-school and college bands to share the stage with us most weeks.
We play because we love jazz and we're on a mission to keep it alive and vibrant. Please join us in celebrating a truly original American art form!
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Every Wednesday night
September 4 until the end of May
Shows start at 7:00
Wednesday 9/18, 7pm
featuring guest artist: Pete Zimmer, drums, visiting from NYC
Intermission entertainment by the Waukee HS Jazz Combo
Wednesday 9/25, 7pm
Jazz Masters night - Thad Jones
Intermission entertainment by The Simpson College Big Band
Wednesday 10/2, 7pm
DSMBB Favorites all night!
Intermission entertainment by Southeast Polk HS Jazz Band
Wednesday 10/9, 7pm
SWING NIGHT!!! Bring your dancing shoes, because we'll be playing classic swing favorites all night.
Intermission entertainment by the Urbandale Adult Swing Band