The Turner Center Jazz Orchestra – The resident professional band of the Turner Jazz Center
One of the best rooms in the world You may have heard a Big Band in a bar. You may have heard one in a concert hall. But you’ve NEVER experienced the Big Band sound in a room that was specially architecturally designed to showcase Big Band music. The Turner Jazz Center on the campus of Drake University is just such a place, and you have to hear it to believe it. Never too loud and never too soft, the Turner Center always sounds juuuust right.
We’re serious about our craft We’re cutting no corners. We put the music first and egos last. Turner Center Jazz Orchestra puts together a great show every time, rehearsing, getting it just right and only then do we open the doors and invite you in. Our goal is audience enjoyment first!
Don’t try this at home Turner Center Jazz Orchestra, an Iowa non-profit public benefit corporation led by Artistic Director Andy Classen, is made up of some of the best professional jazz musicians in Des Moines including many Drake University music faculty and graduates.
Is this unique, or something? Yep! Our home is the brand new Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center at Drake. This amazing state-of-the-art facility was made possible by a 1.5 million dollar grant by former McDonald's Corporation CEO Fred Turner in memory of his wife Patty, who met one another while students at Drake and shared a passion for jazz.
Keep your eyes open for future Turner Center events and visit us at this great home for live jazz in Des Moines. Beautiful acoustics and stylish design make this the perfect place to hear how jazz was meant to sound.
The 2018/19 Season
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What Our Clients Are Saying
"In the few short years since this band got started, they have done nothing but improve."