For 32 years, Metro Arts Jazz in July has matched talented area musicians with interesting community and corporate destinations. Metro Arts Jazz in July is Iowa’s longest-running summer music festival and the only festival to focus exclusively on jazz. The series evolves every year, responding to the community's needs and requests, while keeping its greatest traditions. Next summer’s concert series will feature a dynamic mix of old favorites and fresh, including a Finale Festival at West Glen Town Center on August 1, 2015.
In 2014, the series hired 135 musicians in 17 different bands, and brought 20,000 people to 16 concert sites across the metro area, all at no charge to the public. Junior Jazz combos, made up of high school and college students, performed at eight sites. Held in partnership with neighborhood sites, Metro Arts Jazz in July concerts expose residents to new music and local musicians, all while promoting the American legacy and art form of jazz.
Metro Arts Jazz in July is part of Metro Arts Alliance’s mission, which is to advance creativity and strenghten our community by educating and enriching the development of children and adults through schools, organizations, senior center, and collaborating with other community partners. We create opportunities that provide lifelong access and engagement in the arts for all. Metro Arts Alliance works to educate the community on the value of the arts and to make the arts accessible to everyone. For more information about Metro Arts Alliance and the great programs the organization offers, visit www.metroarts.org.