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 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 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
Starting 9/6/17, until late May
Shows start at 7:00
Wed Oct 4 - The Music of Gabriel Espinosa featuring Gabriel Espinosa and Tim Crumley
Friday Oct 6 - Nowhere With Love: Max Wellman Sings Harry Connick Jr.
Wed Oct 11 - Music for all Ages Fundraiser, Waukee Jazz I at intermission
Friday Oct 13 - Nowhere With Love: Max Wellman Sings Harry Connick Jr.
Wed Oct 18 - Hoover Combo at intermission
Friday Oct 20 - Nowhere With Love: Max Wellman Sings Harry Connick Jr.
Wed Oct 25 - Valley Studio Jazz at intermission
Wed Nov 1 - Valley Jazz Ensemble at intermission
Friday Nov 3 - Nowhere With Love: Max Wellman Sings Harry Connick Jr.
Wed Nov 8 - Guest: The Great saxophonist Adam Larson, Valley Jazz Orchestra at intermission
Friday Nov 10 - Nowhere With Love: Max Wellman Sings Harry Connick Jr.
Wed Nov 15 - Jazz Masters: The Legacy of Duke Ellington, Drake Jazz II at intermission
Friday Nov 17 - Nowhere With Love: Max Wellman Sings Harry Connick Jr.
Wed Nov 22 - No guest yet, stay tuned
Wed Nov 29 - SE Polk Jazz One at intermission
Wed Dec 6 - Sounds of the Season, Johnston Jazz Syndicate at intermission
Wed Dec 13 - Sounds of the Season, Urbandale Jazz Band at intermission
Wed Dec 20 - Sounds of the Season, Indianola Jazz 1 at intermission
Wed Dec 27 - Sounds of the Season, University of Iowa, Ross Clowser Quartet at intermission
Wed Jan 3 - Urbandale Community Adult Swing Band at intermission
Fri Jan 7 - Max Wellman presents: The Music of Frank Sinatra
Wed Jan 10 - Wartburg College Knightliters at intermission
Fri Jan 12 - Max Wellman presents: The Music of Frank Sinatra
Wed Jan 17 - Cedar Falls HS Jazz One at intermission
Fri Jan 19 - Max Wellman presents: The Music of Frank Sinatra
Wed Jan 24 - East High Jazz I at intermission
Wed Jan 31 - Lincoln HS Jazz I at intermission