jazz in july


Metro Arts Jazz in July: More than just a concert series.



For more than three decades, Metro Arts Jazz in July is the city’s longest-running concert series that engages area residents in new music, while promoting Iowa musicians and the American legacy and art form of jazz.

Many of the concerts now include food vendors, artists selling their work, and hands-on arts activities for children, turning each concert into a community festival celebrating live, outdoor jazz.

Great music, along with inviting neighborhoods and parks, keeps people coming back year after year to Metro Arts Jazz in July concerts. 2017 marks the 35th year for this month-long family-friendly festival celebrates jazz and art with free outdoor concerts across Greater Des Moines.

Brought to the community in partnership with neighborhood groups and corporate sponsors, the concerts feature both local musicians and national acts with Iowa ties. Food vendors, visual artists, and children’s activities add to the fun. Grab your lawn chairs and blankets every July to join us for the ultimate summer music experience!

Each year, music groups from across Iowa apply to be part of the series. All acts perform 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  The following bands have been selected for the 34th year of Jazz in July:

Download a printable PDF of 2016 Jazz in July Schedule.

The selected list combines respected previous performers with many new groups to Jazz in July, allowing music lovers to explore new sounds.

The Application process is now closed for Bands and Sites to be a part of 2017 Jazz in July. Check back in November 2017 for 2018 applications.

All Jazz in July concerts are free thanks to the generous support of its sponsors. Thanks to our event sponsors, Jazz in July is presented free to the public. More than 14,000 Central Iowa residents participated in Metro Arts Jazz in July.

jazz in july history

For 35 years, Metro Arts Jazz in July has matched talented area musicians with interesting community and corporate destinations. Metro Arts Jazz in July is Iowa’s longest-running summer music festival and the only festival to focus exclusively on jazz. The series evolves every year, responding to the community’s needs and requests, while keeping its greatest traditions.  This summer’s concert series will feature a dynamic mix of old favorites and fresh..

In 2016, the series has hired 148 musicians at 16 sites across the metro area, all at no charge to the public. Junior Jazz combos, made up of high school and college studentsare included in that number.  Held in partnership with neighborhood sites, Metro Arts Jazz in July concerts expose residents to new music and local musicians, all while promoting the American legacy and art form of jazz.

Metro Arts Jazz in July is part of Metro Arts Alliance’s mission, which is to advance creativity and strenghten our community by educating and enriching the development of children and adults through schools, organizations, senior center, and collaborating with other community partners.  We create opportunities that provide lifelong access and engagement in the arts for all. Metro Arts Alliance works to educate the community on the value of the arts and to make the arts accessible to everyone.

jazz in july posters over the years

upcoming jazz in july concerts

Jazz in July - Christophers Very Happy.Band. at Urbandale Lions

Jazz in July - Christopher's Very Happy.Band. at Urbandale Lions

Jul 4, 6:30pm - Jul 4, 8:00pm

Lions Park
Urbandale, IA  50322 Map

Free outdoor concert LIVE from your neighborhood!

Jazz in July - Rose Colella Cocktail at Terrace Hill

Jazz in July - Rose Colella "Cocktail" at Terrace Hill

Jul 6, 6:30pm - Jul 6, 8:00pm

Terrace Hill Foundation
2300 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA  50312 Map

Free outdoor concert LIVE from your neighborhood!

Jazz in July - Dave Rezeks Alpha State Agents at Bondurant

Jazz in July - Dave Rezek's Alpha State Agents at Bondurant

Jul 7, 6:30pm - Jul 7, 8:00pm

101 Grant St N, Bondurant, IA 50035-1030, United States

Free outdoor concert LIVE from your neighborhood!

Jazz in July - Parranderos Latin Combo at Dallas Center

Jazz in July - Parranderos Latin Combo at Dallas Center

Jul 8, 5:30pm - Jul 8, 8:00pm

Mound Park, Dallas Center
Dallas Center, IA  50063 Map

Free outdoor concert LIVE from your neighborhood!

5:30 to 6:00 - Dallas Center Grimes HS jazz combo Junior Jazz
6:30 to 8:00 - Parranderos Latin Combo

Jazz in July - Freddy Gazzo Band GDM Botanical Garden

Jazz in July - Freddy Gazzo Band GDM Botanical Garden

Jul 9, 5:30pm - Jul 9, 8:00pm

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
909 Robert D. Ray Drive
Des Moines, IA  50309 Map

Free outdoor concert LIVE from your neighborhood!
5:30 to 6:00 - Drake jazz combo Junior Jazz
6:30 to 8:00 - Freddy Gazzo Band

Jazz in July - High Society Big Band at Wesley Acres

Jazz in July - High Society Big Band at Wesley Acres

Jul 13, 6:30pm - Jul 13, 8:00pm

Wesley Acres
3520 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA  50312 Map

Free outdoor concert LIVE from your neighborhood!

Jazz in July - Scott Davis Quartet at Evelyn K. Davis Park

Jazz in July - Scott Davis Quartet at Evelyn K. Davis Park

Jul 14, 6:30pm - Jul 14, 8:00pm

Evelyn K Davis Park
1500 Forest Ave
Des Moines, IA  50314 Map

Free outdoor concert LIVE from your neighborhood!

Jazz in July - The NOLA Jazz Band at 6th Avenue Corridor

Jazz in July - The NOLA Jazz Band at 6th Avenue Corridor

Jul 15, 6:30pm - Jul 15, 8:00pm

6th Avenue Corridor
6th Ave
Des Moines, IA  50314 Map

Free outdoor concert LIVE from your neighborhood!

Jazz in July - Bryan Schumacker Quintet at Norwalk City Park

Jazz in July - Bryan Schumacker Quintet at Norwalk City Park

Jul 16, 5:30pm - Jul 16, 8:00pm

Metro Arts Alliance
3209 Ingersoll Ave, Ste 208
Des Moines, IA  50312 Map

free outdoor concert LIVE from your Neighborhood!

5:30 to 6:00 - UNI jazz combo Junior Jazz
6:30 - 8:00 - Bryan Schumacker Quintet

Jazz in July - Foxtrot Hot Shots at Hoyt Sherman Place

Jazz in July - Foxtrot Hot Shots at Hoyt Sherman Place

Jul 20, 6:30pm - Jul 20, 8:00pm

Hoyt Sherman Place
1501 Woodland Ave
Des Moines, IA  50309 Map

Free outdoor concert LIVE from your neighborhood!

Jazz in July - John Morgan Orchestra at Drake University

Jazz in July - John Morgan Orchestra at Drake University

Jul 21, 6:30pm - Jul 21, 8:00pm

Drake University

Free outdoor concert LIVE from your neighborhood!

Jazz in July - The Tighten Up at Waveland Golf Course

Jazz in July - The Tighten Up at Waveland Golf Course

Jul 22, 5:30pm - Jul 22, 8:00pm

Waveland Golf Course
4908 University Ave
Des Moines, IA  50311 Map

Free outdoor concert LIVE from your neighborhood!
5:30 to 6:00 - CJC combo Junior Jazz
6:30 to 8:00 - The Tighten Up

Jazz in July - The Jazz Page - Terra Lake Amphitheater, Johnston

Jazz in July - The Jazz Page - Terra Lake Amphitheater, Johnston

Jul 23, 5:30pm - Jul 23, 8:00pm

Terra Park
Pioneer Pkwy
Johnston, IA  50131 Map

Free outdoor concert LIVE from your neighborhood!
5:30 to 6:00 - Johnston HS jazz combo Junior Jazz
6:30 to 8:00 - The Jazz Page

Jazz in July - Betsy Hickok Quartet at Ankeny Bandshell

Jazz in July - Betsy Hickok Quartet at Ankeny Bandshell

Jul 27, 6:30pm - Jul 27, 8:00pm

Ankeny Bandshell
410 W 1st Street
Ankeny, IA  50023 Map

Free outdoor concert LIVE from your neighborhood!

Jazz in July - Max Wellman 7 at Copper Creek Lake Park

Jazz in July - Max Wellman 7 at Copper Creek Lake Park

Jul 28, 6:30pm - Jul 28, 8:00pm

Copper Creek Lake
4390 E University Ave
Pleasant Hill, IA  50327 Map

Free outdoor concert LIVE from your neighborhood!

Jazz in July Finale at Valley Junction Railroad Park

Jazz in July Finale at Valley Junction Railroad Park

Jul 29, 5:00pm - Jul 29, 10:00pm

Free outdoor concert LIVE from your neighborhood!
5:00 to 6:00 - Valley HS jazz combo Junior Jazz
6:30 to 8:00 - Blake Shaw Quintet
8:30 to 10:00 - The 'Ceptet

get in touch with us

Metro Arts Alliance of Greater Des Moines
3209 Ingersoll Ave. Suite 208, Des Moines, IA 50312
info@MetroArts.org
515.280.3222

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