CMA Jazz Festival

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CMA Jazz Festival
featuring Connie Han Trio and Bria Skonberg Quartet

Saturday, July 20
6:30 PM
Reserved Seating: $39
ON SALE: Wednesday, May 1 at 10:00 AM

ANNOUNCEMENT: The CMA Jazz Festival will move inside Hoyt Sherman Place Theater due to forecast temperatures in the high 90s. Come down and enjoy some hot jazz in the cool AC!

The Festival gets underway at 1:00PM with an afternoon of free performances featuring local and regional artists.
1:00 PM NOLA Jazz Band (Des Moines’ own!)
2:15 PM Mitch Towne Quartet (from Omaha)
3:45 PM John Kizilarmut Quartet (from KC)

The Festival continues into 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!

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. 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.” Influenced by post-bop masters Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Turner, and Kenny Kirkland, Han brings fire, passion, and maturity that belies her youth.

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. 

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