The sound

June 30, 2011 |

By Michael Swanger


Whitney Marchelle Jackson is one of many artists slated to perform at the 2011 Jazz in July free concert series in the metro. Visit
Attendance at Metro Arts' 2011 Jazz in July expected to grow


For nearly three decades, Metro Arts Alliance has celebrated jazz music by matching talented local musicians with community events and interesting destinations through its popular monthlong series of free concerts known as Jazz in July. Now in its 29th year, organizers of central Iowa's longest-running summer music festival say that they expect the series to draw a record number of concertgoers, breaking its previous record of 17,500 in 2010, while continuing to introduce residents to new music and local musicians.

" With some of the sites exponentially growing their Jazz in July event with more neighborhood partners and more bands, along with us growing the finale concert into a full-day festival, we expect our 2011 attendance to be between 20,000 and 25,000 people," said Kim Poam Logan, executive director of Metro Arts Alliance.

Last year, the series hired 167 musicians in 28 different bands and hosted 121 visual artists at 25 concert sites throughout the metro. This year, 24 sites will host more than 30 local jazz acts, including familiar favorites like the Des Moines Big Band, Susie Miget, the John Krantz Quartet and Jim Oatts Quintet as well as newcomers to the series — Whitney Marchelle Jackson, the Betsy Hickok Ensemble and Glenn Miller Orchestra.

" It's crazy the amount of talent that we have in the community and playing the series," said Poam Logan. "You would think Des Moines is the jazz hub of the Midwest by the number of applications we receive."

All concerts are free, except for the Finale Festival on July 30 at Jordan Creek Town Center. Tickets for that are $50 and include a "Jazz Book" of $500 in vouchers and coupons.

" Jazz in July allows us to strengthen our community through the arts by bringing friends, families and visitors together to enjoy great music at some of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in the metro," said Poam Logan. CV



2011 Jazz in July schedule


(Free admission)


July 1 — Orquesta Alto Maiz, opening for Des Moines Symphony's Yankee Doodle Pops at State Capitol Grounds, west terrace, 6:30 p.m.

July 2 — Whitney Marchelle Jackson, Tazband, Downstairs Mixup at 6th Avenue Corridor and DMACC, 5 p.m.

July 3 — Java Jews at Music Under the Stars, State Capitol Grounds, 6:30 p.m.

July 4 — Glenn Miller Orchestra at Urbandale Fourth of July celebration, Lion's Park, 5 p.m.

July 7 — The Jazz Page at Waukee Downtown Triangle, 5 p.m.

July 8 — World Port at Aviva USA, West Des Moines, 5:30 p.m.

July 9 — Jim Oatts Quintet at Roosevelt High School, 6:30 p.m.

July 10 — Workshop at Union Park, 2 p.m.

July 12 — John Krantz Quartet at Colby Park, Windsor Heights, 7 p.m.

July 13 — The Big Band Sound at Sylvan Theater, Greenwood Park, 6:30 p.m.

July 14 — Soya Vista Jazz Orchestra at Wesley Acres, Des Moines, 6:30 p.m.

July 15 — Scott Davis Quartet at Beaverdale Park, 6:30 p.m.

July 16 — Ashanti at Clive Festival, Clive Aquatics Center, 7:30 p.m.

July 17 — Des Moines Big Band at Johnston Public Library, 7 p.m.

July 18 — Dave Rezek's Alpha State Agents at Shops at Roosevelt, 6:30 p.m.

July 19 — The Belin Quartet at West Des Moines City Hall, 6:30 p.m.

July 20 — High Society Band at Living History Farms, 6:30 p.m.

July 21 — Drake Jazz Ensemble at Drake University, 6 p.m.

July 22 — The Fred Gazzo Band at Casady Building Lawn, 16th St. and Allison Ave., 6:30 p.m.

July 23 — Susie Miget at Historic East Village, E. 6th and Locust, 7 p.m.

July 26 — Ballyhoo Foxtrot Orchestra at Terrace Hill, 6 p.m.

July 27 — Salsa Vibe at Hispanic Educational Resources, 5:30 p.m.

July 29 — Betsy Hickok Ensemble at Thomas Mitchell Park, 6:30 p.m.

July 30 — Metro Arts Jazz in July Finale Festival with West Des Moines Youth Jazz, Community Jazz Center Big Band, Valley High School Jazz Band, Johnston Station Jazz Band, Turner Center Jazz Orchestra, Iowa All Star Cheerleaders, Bella Soul featuring Tina Haase Findlay at Jordan Creek Town Center Lake District, West Des Moines, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., $50.