Reported by Lindsay Fullington
Usually when people think of local music, their minds don’t jump to jazz. But Des Moines has a surprising amount of super talented jazz musicians that deserve your respect and your ears. And they play in venues you’d never expect. Here’s a list of the places to scout out the scene, and since there’s no cover charge, there’s no reason not to put these performances on your to-do list.
Where: 222 4th Street
When: Every Tuesday, 10-12pm
Who: The Uplift Quartet
Drinks: Specials on Old-Fashioneds slung by the D. Smith (hey, you should drink sassy, if you’re listening classy!)
Vibes: Good vibin’ and totally chill. Younger crowd is perfect for beginner jazz ears.
Where: 428 E Locust St
When: Every Friday and Saturday, 9-12pm
Drinks: Their sangria is worth the extra bucks
Vibes: Older crowd of the working type, but never gets rowdy. These people appreciate jazz.
Where: 800 Locust St
When: Every Friday at 9
Who: Varies, but regular Paige Harpin’s voice is super sweet
Drinks: Their martini list puts other bars to shame and Sherry sure knows how to shake them
Vibes: Sometimes is full of tipsy out-of-towners from the adjacent hotel, but they’re legit.
Where: 2811 Ingersoll Ave.
When: Every Wednesday, 9-12pm
Drinks: Good beer selection
Vibes: Packed crowd, so get there early for a good booth and good food.