The Des Moines Big Band was founded in 1959 and has been going strong 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.
We invite you to stop by and see what's happening this week! Our new home at El Palacio suits us very well, there's ample restaurant-style seating and club owners Roni and Alma Garza take great care of our audience (ask Roni to mix you a mojito - yum!) The acoustics are really splendid as well - somehow a 17-piece band doesn't seem at all loud in this room. Must be magic!
Our mission is to present our community with a place to hear cutting edge jazz without leaving town to do it! We commission new compositions from nationally-recognized composers every year while still keeping the classics in the book.
We’re also committed to student musicians. We’ve worked hard to give young musicians a venue where they can hear high quality performances in a 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 feel a real sense of responsibility for keeping it alive and vibrant. Please join us in celebrating a truly original American art form!
it's Easy to find us:
Monday 5/5 - - Merrill Middle School plays on the break. 6:30pm, $5 admission
Monday 5/12 - Valley High School students perform over intermission. 6:30pm, $5 admission
Monday 5/19 - Our final performance of the season with the legendary Scott Smith!! 6:30pm, $5 admission