When we polled our audience to find their favorite past concerts, one of the highest performers was Licorice Stick — our salute to that underestimated hero, the clarinet. Clarinet virtuoso Clarence Padilla will be joined by other members of our reed section in an all-new presentation of clarinet calisthenics.
Now in its eighth season, the Turner Center Jazz Orchestra (TCJO) is the resident professional ensemble of the Turner Jazz Center at Drake University. A not-for-profit organization, the TCJO is dedicated to authentic, high caliber performances of American jazz and particularly the music of the big band tradition. The organization is committed to the promotion and preservation of both the historic and contemporary repertoire of this original American music.
The ensemble is a 17-piece big band led by Founding Artistic Director Andrew Classen, Professor of Trumpet in the Department of Music at Drake and the Fred & Patty Turner Professor of Jazz Studies. Members are all highly accomplished professional musicians and include some of the most prominent artists and jazz educators in Iowa. Several members are inductees and special honorees of the Des Moines Jazz Hall of Fame.