2014-2015 Season!


Are you ready to hear this?

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 designed to showcase a big band.  The Turner Center (on the campus of Drake University) is just such a place, and you have to hear it to believe it!


We’re serious as a heart attack

We’re cutting no corners.  We’re putting the music first, and the egos last.  That’s why the Turner Center Jazz Orchestra is putting on a limited season.  We’re putting a great show together every time, rehearsing, getting it just right and only then we open the doors and let you in!


Don’t try this at home

The Turner Center Jazz Orchestra, is a 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 new, 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 the newest 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.


We Are Here!

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October 9 - Basically Basie, TCJO salutes Count Basie!


November 20 - Class ‘n’ Jazz - Original compositions by our musical director, Andy Classen.


December 18 - All That Holiday Jazz! Featuring Minneapolis based jazz singer, the lovely Sue Oatts.


February 12 - Music for Lovers and Friends with none other than Des Moines’ own Tina Haase Findlay.


March 12 - All That Fusion! - Latin, classical and rock mixes with jazz.


April 9 - Black and Tan-ner - TCJO teams up with gifted pianist Tanner Taylor, to present Duke Ellington’s Black and Tan Fantasy, and other piano jazz masterworks.