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October 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

Panel Discussion: "Advocating for Social Justice through Jazz, Blues & Soul Music " at Grandview University

Panel discussion as part of Grandview's "Global Vision Week"

"Jazz in the Fight for Civil Rights" Lecture Recital at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ

During the Civil Rights movement, many musicians joined African-Americans in using their musical voice as a catalyst in demanding change in America. While popular music artists such as Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and James Brown were more overt in voicing their opposition to the status quo through their music, many overlook the more subtle sonic contributions that jazz musicians made to this righteous cause. Through a combination of live performance, spoken remarks and a visual presentation, this unique program will highlight three of the more prevalent examples of jazz music’s alignment with the African-American fight for civil rights and the backstory behind their creation.
Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ 4126 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312
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November 2019

Concert and mini-residency at Dordt University

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

Jazz Residency at Brigham Young University Idaho

Clinics, presentations, lectures and concerts on the campus of BYU Idaho. Specific itinerary forthcoming!

Guest Artist with the Kirkwood College Jazz Ensemble

Details Forthcoming

Scholarly Presentation: Jazz in the Fight for Civil Rights at Grand View University

During the Civil Rights movement, many musicians joined African-Americans in using their musical voice as a catalyst in demanding change in America. While popular music artists such as Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and James Brown were more overt in voicing their opposition to the status quo through their music, many overlook the more subtle sonic contributions that jazz musicians made to this righteous cause. Through a combination of live performance, spoken remarks and a visual presentation, this unique program will highlight three of the more prevalent examples of jazz music’s alignment with the African-American fight for civil rights and the backstory behind their creation.

Damani Phillips - Presenter, saxophone and vocals
Tanner Taylor - piano
Blake Shaw - bass
Eric Thompson - drums
Speed Lyceum Student Center 2811 E. 14th Street Des Moines, IA
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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 www.nocedsm.com.

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.