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Jazz in July: Gabriel Espinosa Band

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    Jazz in July: Night 2 - Tuesday, July 19

    5 - 5:45pm: Creative Music Studio Student Recital
    6 - 7pm: Susie Miget Quartet outside on John & Penny Krantz Stage
    7:30 - 9pm: Gabriel Espinosa Band inside on Theater Stage featuring Alyssa Allgood and special guest Misha Tsiganov

    This free summer program wouldn’t be possible without the help of its premier sponsor, Principal Foundation, as well as expertise from our Jazz in July Arts Advisor John Krantz.

    Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets/lawn chairs to spread out & enjoy the opening sets outside, and then, everyone is invited inside the historic theater for the second half. Attendees will be able to purchase food/beverages on site. Patrons are not allowed to bring their own alcohol; this must be purchased on site. Events will go on, rain or shine!

    NOTE: All health and safety precautions will be followed in July, per CDC guidelines and Hoyt Sherman Place policies. Check our Jazz in July website listings for event protocols.

    Gabriel Espinosa: Gabriel’s long-time Iowa band members consist of Bryan Schumacker (saxophone), Dave Kobberdahl (trumpet/flugelhorn) and Tim Crumley (drums). Joining them for this very special performance is Chicago based vocalist Alyssa Allgood and New York city pianist Misha Tsiganov.

    Mr. Espinosa was born in Merida, Mexico. He received a BA in Music from Central College & an Arranging Degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston. He later received his Masters in Music from the University of North Texas. He began his teaching career at Central College in 1996 & in 2004 he joined the music faculty at Grinnell College. Prior to going solo in 2009 Espinosa recorded three albums with his Iowa based band Ashanti. Since then, he has recorded five albums under the music label Zoho Music based in New York City. Musicians featured include Antonio Sanchez, Anat Cohen, Hendrik Meurkens, Misha Tsiganov, Helio Alves, Tierney Sutton & Kim Nazarian to name a few. Espinosa will be recording his sixth album in the Fall in New York City with hopes of a Spring 2023 release.

    Susie Miget Quartet: Music is in Susie Miget’s genes as she is the daughter of a band director & choral director. Susie’s musical career began at age six, singing in a vocal group with her three sisters with TV, concert, radio & clinic appearances. With her singing career underway, Miget began studying guitar, trombone, music theory, piano, tuba & bass in the St. Louis Area. She continued playing jazz, rock & classical music and after ending a road tour with fusion band Air Tight, landed in Des Moines where her saxophone playing sister, Marcia, was living & performing. Her bass & singing skills were a welcome addition to many local groups & she eventually led her own groups which included a who’s who of the Des Moines jazz community.

    While continuing to be a much sought after performer, Susie had also been teaching for many years & added another great addition to the Des Moines jazz scene when she opened her esteemed jazz school, Creative Music Studio in 1995. There is no doubt about it; Susie is a link between the past & future of jazz in Des Moines. Not only has she played with many of her Hall of Fame colleagues, but has educated both current Jazz Hall of Fame members and, in all likelihood, Hall of Fame members yet to come.