Des Moines Community Jazz Center Announcements


Something magical happens each time 

musicians take the stage at Caspe Terrace.

It will happen three times thisfall!


It’s the magic that comes from an intimate performance venue where friends gather for one reason — to experience the diversity and ageless beauty of jazz. So save the following dates for Jazz at Caspe Terrace. 


September 17:  Dave Burrell Conception

Ragtime. Stride. Swing. Bop. Avant Garde. It all blends together under the hands of pianist Dave Burrell. His dynamic compositions, with blues andgospel roots recall the tradition of Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson and Duke Ellington, as well avant garde composers Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane. This is modern jazz played with great respect and reverence for the music that preceded it. Dave will be joined for part of this performance with drummer Joe Chonto and saxophonist David Tamura. 


Check out Dave's stride version of Coltrane's Giant Steps:


November 5:  Lee Shaw Celebrates The Music of Billy Strayhorn

It's not her age that will impress you. It's her piano playing. At age 87, Lee Shaw's name is usually mentioned in the same sentences as female jazz greats Mary Lou Williams and Marian McPartland.  Find out why when she and bassist Rich Syracuse explore the music of Duke Ellington's favorite composer/arranger — Billy Strayhorn. 


See how young an octagenarian can be when she gets behind a piano:


December 5: The Dave Douglas Quintet

The last time trumpeter Dave Douglas was in Des Moines he was juststarting his climb to the top of the jazz polls.  Today he is solidly there, having been named Downbeat Magazine's Top Trumpeter for more than ten years. Caspe Terrace is just one stop on his mission to play in all 50 states during his 50th year. We'll all be celebrating with an evening of original music from some of the best players on the scene today.  


Check out a cut from Dave's recent album to see what we mean:


Advance tickets for the Dave Burrell and Lee Shaw concerts will be $25 each. Advance tickets for Dave Douglas will be $30. However, you can purchase tickets for the entire series for $75 and have your name entered in a drawing for an autographed CD from each performer.  (Student prices are available.) You can reserve tickets now by contacting Abe Goldstien at or 515.279.6452.


REMEMBER, all concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. And stick around after the show for a meet-the-artist dessert reception hosted by the Waukee Area ArtsCouncil. 


We will be sending out a mailing or email with full information and a ticket order form in the month ahead. But please save me some postage and printing by reserving your tickets now for these three incredible evenings of music by calling me at 515.279.6452 or via email at


See you at Caspe Terrace for some magic!