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December 2019

Monthly Late Night Jam Session at Noce Jazz and Cabaret

Des Moines FINALLY has a regular jam session again. Pleased to be hosting a monthly late-night session at DSM's most notable jazz venue. Opening set by the house band, followed by an old school jam session. Bring your axe, have a few drinks, and commune with the musicians on Des Moines jazz scene. No cover.

House Band
Damani Phillips - host, saxophone
Tanner Taylor, piano
Steve Charlson, bass
Eric Thompson, drums

January 2020

Adjudicator and Clinician for Triton Jazz Festival - Iowa Central Community College

w/ Jim Dreier's "Ritmocano" at Noce Jazz and Cabaret

Playing the finest of the Latin jazz rep with this fantastic Iowa-based group. Tix and info at

"One Night of Blue Note - Vol. 3" Show at Noce Jazz and Cabaret

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Presenting a third installment of music featuring iconic recordings on the Blue Note Jazz label. Herbie Hancock, Dexter Gordon, Lee Morgan, Cannonball Addreley, Louis Smith.....but a few of the giants who have recorded on the label. A night of hard-hitting and wonderfully diverse music that is not to be missed. Featuring an entirely new slate of songs.

The Band:
Damani Phillips - Saxes
TBD - Guest Horn
Tanner Taylor - piano
Steve Charlson - bass
Eric Thompson - drums

February 2020

Black History Month Residency at Hope College

Guest lecturer and saxophonist presenting a lecture presentaion on my book "What is this Thing Called Soul" and a concert performance of the big band version of my "Jazz in the Fight for Civil Rights" program. Formal residency itinerary forthcoming!

New Zealand Visit/Performances

Details Forthcoming

March 2020

Jazz Residency at Yale/National University of Singapore

Jazz residency including performance with student ensembles and academic presentations on the connection between Black culture and Jazz music. Details forthcoming.

May 2020

Jazz Residency/Guest Artist at Western Washington University

Week-long jazz residency including clinics, lessons and guest artist appearance with the WWU jazz ensemble. Itinerary forthcoming.

July 2020

Distinguished Visiting Professor: “The Music, Art, and Literature of the Harlem Renaissance," at Williams and Lee Alumni College

Week-long visiting professorship for short course on the music of the Harlem Reaissance. This will be a beautiful opportunity to dive into the academic side of my profile and talk about a few of the things that are near and dear to my heart on the research front. Detailed schedule forthcoming