The Festival gets underway at 1:00PM with an afternoon of free performances on the lawn and in the gallery of Hoyt Sherman Place featuring local and regional artists (see below for details).
The Festival moves inside for the night with ticketed performances by the Connie Han Trio and the Bria Skonberg Quartet beginning at 6:30PM in the Hoyt Sherman Place Theater. These rising stars are performing at the Monterey Jazz Festival in September, but Des Moines jazz fans get to see them first!
This event will be held rain or shine, with the free lawn performances moving into the Theater in the case of rain or excessive heat.
Free Afternoon Performances
- 1:00 PM Valley Jazz Combo
- 2:00 PM NOLA Jazz Band
- 3:15 PM Mitch Towne Quartet
- 4:30 PM John Kizilarmut Quartet
- 1:30 PM Christopher’s Very Happy Band
- 2:45 PM John Krantz Duo
- 4:00 PM Blake Shaw Quintet
Connie Han Trio
LA-based pianist and provocateur Connie Han has created an edgy blend of modern and traditional jazz with her incendiary Mack Avenue Records debut CRIME ZONE. “With this album she’s booking a place as a star in the jazz firmament of tomorrow,” says All About Jazz. “Watch out for Connie Han, the face (and shape) of jazz to come.”
The New York Times describes her as “the rare musician with fearsome technical chops, a breadth of historical knowledge and enough originality to write tunes that absorb your ear easily.” Weaving in and out of the tradition, Han pays tribute to McCoy Tyner, Mulgrew Miller, and Kenny Kirkland with her own unique edge and fire at the piano.
Bria Skonberg Quartet
New York-based Canadian singer, trumpeter, and songwriter Bria Skonberg has been described as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” (Wall Street Journal). Recognized as one of the 25 for the Future by DownBeat Magazine, Skonberg is a force in the new generation with her bold horn melodies, smoky vocals, and adventurous concoctions of classic and new.
Noted as a millennial “shaking up the jazz world” (Vanity Fair), Skonberg has played festivals and stages the world over, including New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, and Montreal Jazz Festival.