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Patty's Place Jazz Series

Patty's Place Jazz Series is a new series of jazz events brought to you by Drake University's Music Department. We are bringing the biggest jazz artists from around the country to the best jazz venue in town!

Roger Ingram with Drake Jazz Ensemble I

Friday, April 13
7:30 p.m., Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online.

 Past Events

Nate Sparks Trio

Thursday, March 1
7:30 p.m., Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online.


Adam Larson

Thursday, November 9
7:30 p.m., Patty and Fed Turner Jazz Center
Tickets are $20 and cab be purchased online

Adam Larson, jazz musician, playing a tenor saxophoneTwenty seven year-old saxophonist-composer , endorsed artist for P. Mauriat saxophones, D'Addario Woodwinds and Lebayle mouthpieces, began playing saxophone at the age of 11. As a high school student, Larson was a member of virtually every national program dedicated to showcasing excellence in young jazz talent including The Grammy Band, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Betty Carter Jazz Ahead, YoungArts Jazz Fellows, Telluride Student All-Stars, Jazz Band of America and many others. Described by critic Howard Reich of The Chicago-Tribune , by Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen as , and by Nate Chinen of The New York Times as , Larson has garnered numerous awards that distinguish him as one of the most promising artists of his generation. Upon completion of his Bachelors degree at The Manhattan School of Music in May of 2012, Larson was selected as a member of the inaugural Manhattan School of Music Jazz Institute to continue his studies as a Master's student, where he graduated with honors as the recipient of the William H. Borden Award for Outstanding performance in Jazz, in 2014.

With four records under his name, Larson's latest, entitled "Second City", will be released on the Inner Circle Music Label, in the Fall of 2017. Larson's 2015 debut for Inner Circle, "Seclective Amnesia" was featured in the New York Times, Downbeat, Saxophone Journal;and several other publications in print and online. Larson keeps an active schedule with his groups and as a sideman, having performed at several venues across the U.S. including Birdland, The Jazz Standard, The 55 Bar, The Jazz Gallery, The Blue Note, The Village Vanguard, Smalls, Cornelia St. Café, The Kitano, Dizzy's Club-Coca Cola, Jazz at The Bistro, The Jazz Showcase, and several others. As a sideman, Adam has performed with numerous groups including Jamie Cullum, Ted Rosenthal, The Ari Hoenig Nonet, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Otis Brown III Band, Michael Rodriguez Quintet and the Helen Sung Quartet. Larson's sound can be heard on numerous recordings from bandleaders such as Nils Weinhold, Bastian Weinhold, Marcus Lewis, Joo Chan Im, Victor Bastidas, and others.

Adam has been a part of several tours that have allowed him to see more of the world than he once thought possible. Larson's quartet was selected as one of ten ensembles to tour on behalf of the U.S. State Department's "American Music Abroad" program and toured Africa for 35 days in April 2015, visiting The Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Benin and Ghana. Larson has also toured India, Taiwan, Holland, and Germany as well much of the United States. In October of 2017, Larson will travel to Poland to be a guest artist, performing at the Sopot Jazz Festival.
Beyond maintaining an active touring and recording schedule, Larson continues to be a sought after clinician and master class presenter at several high schools and Universities across the Midwest and beyond. Appearances include Temple University, Yale, Manhattan School of Music, University of North Texas, Elmhurst College, Roosevelt College, University of Illinois, Univesity of Colorado-Greeley, Northern Illinois University, University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire, Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Illinois Central College and Hutchinson Community College, among many others. Adam maintains an impressive portfolio of commissioned ensemble writing for school jazz ensembles, having written thirty original works to date. Larson is currently a Teaching Artist for Jazz at Lincoln Center's Jazz For Young People, The New York Pops Ed education programs, and has a diverse private lesson studio of Skype students from the U.S. and abroad. Larson has also taught as a substitute at The Manhattan School of Music and New York University. Larson currently resides in the Bronx with his beautiful wife, Tierney and son, Jack.



The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra

Tuesday, October 3
7:30 p.m., Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online.

has been freakin' minds for 6 years! Since 2009, the band has stretched their own musical limits with album after album of intensely energetic ART-ROCK. Definition of ART-ROCK: A type of rock music, often with poetic lyrics, characterized by sophisticated harmonic, dynamic and technical complexity based on forms derived from classical (and jazz) music and requiring performers of considerable training and skill. It sounds so serious, but when you combine that type of music with four fun-loving musicians who don't take themselves too seriously and who have a love of so much music beyond art-rock (which is why the band covers songs from Otis Rush's to to to ), you get a bit of magic in live music form. The band writes and performs music that excites them and has a blast doing it! The GCO appreciates and aspires to superior musicianship while combining their love of a good riff, hummable melody and groovy jam... over a jazz/jazz-rock musical bedrock. It all culminates in an intensely energetic live performance because "we freakin' love what we do and love that the fans dig it too!! "

We have been compared to King Crimson, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Dixie Dregs, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.

 Four Other Brothers

Friday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center, Drake University
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online

Four Other Brothers is a unique group of four skilled jazz trumpet players playing the music of Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Duke Ellington, and much more.

The Four Other Brothers are all university jazz professors who perform with an exceptional three-piece rhythm section (bass, piano, and drums). Their show is an exciting mix of entertaining standards, as well as historically interesting "period" pieces which feature the musical styles of significant jazz icons of the past.

The Four Other Brothers are:
Dr. Andrew Cheetham, trumpet professor at Eastern Illinois University
Randall Reyman, trumpet professor and Director of Jazz Studies at Millikin University
Dr. Todd Kelly, trumpet professor and Director of Jazz Studies at Bradley University
Dr. John Cooper, Director of Jazz Studies at Western Illinois University

Four Other Brothers bring a wealth of jazz knowledge and expertise to every performance and clinic. All are skilled improvisers and outstanding clinicians/jazz historians.

Brilliant musical artistry, combined with historical knowledge delivered with a unique entertaining wit, the Four Other Brothers will have your audience talking long after the final note is played.

Here's what they are saying about Four Other Brothers.....
"Two thumbs up for The Four Other Brothers! "

"When our Madison Jazz Society audience heard the Four Other Brothers for the first time in March 2015, they were amazed by their talent and impressed with their performance. They displayed professionalism and a broad knowledge of the music we all love. The performance they provided was both entertaining and informative -- and the talent they displayed was amazing!!!"
Linda Marty Schmitz, President
Madison Jazz Society

"Best band I've heard in a long time!"
Attendee at the Bix Beiderbecke Festival 2014

"A newly formed, unique group of very talented musicians presenting a great musical treat. I knew the band would be good but it was very, very good! The fans and musicians alike commented about what a great show it was, both musically and entertaining. And yes, the (other participating) musicians did agree the band should be on the festival circuit!"
Maggie Parker Brown, festival director of the Central Illinois Jazz Festival

"The level of musicianship, the variety and interest of the music played and the demonstration of each participant’s abilities and approach to the trumpet and improvisation was made evident. It works. Each of the players has something to say in their own unique way."
Dr. Perry Rask, Prof. of Saxophone and Jazz Studies, Millikin Univ.

"These four men all have their own highly successful jazz programs at their respective schools, and can speak succinctly with regard to ensemble building and improvisation. ........a truly fine experience, demonstrating excellent musicianship and flawless technique."
Stacy Williams-Jackson, Chair, Lincoln-Way Central Music Department

Dick Oatts

Thursday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center, Drake University
Tickets are $20.

Born and raised in the state of Iowa, was brought up in a musical family. He was introduced to the saxophone by his father Jack Oatts, a respected jazz educator and saxophonist. After high school, Dick attended Drake University and in 1972 he began his professional career in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

It was 1977 when Oatts decided to move to New York City. He then became a member if the Thad Jones - Mel Lewis Orchestra. Since then he has recorded and toured with small groups such as Red Rodney, Eddie Gomez, Vic Juric, Bob Brookmeyer, Mel Lewis, Dom Salvador, Jerry Bergonzi, Flim & the BB's, Fred Hersch, Dave Berkman, Soren Moller, Terell Stafford, Jon Faddis, Lalo Schiffrin, and Ray Mantilla.

His big band and larger group experience include performances with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Mel Lewis, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Lester Bowie, Joe Lovano, Sam Jones-Tom Harrell, Paquito D'Rivera, Jim McNeely, Tito Puente, Kenny Wheeler, and Gunther Schuller. Oatts has also been featured with the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, Danish Radio Big Band, Norboton Jazz Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra, and the UMO Big Band in Helsinki. He has accompanied such vocalists as Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Neene Freelon, Mel Torme, and Milton Nascimento. He has recorded solos for pop artists Luther Vandross, James Taylor, and Everything But the Girl.

Oatts is now a Steeplechase recording artist and has six Cd's released as a leader. (All of Three, Standard Issue, Simone's Dance, Standard Issue vol. 2, South Paw, Gratitude). He also has a CD out on the RED label with bassist Dave Santoro entitled Meru. Dick has 3 CDs as a leader on the DMP label with pianist and a co-leader Garry Dial.

For 30 years, Mr. Oatts has appeared at college jazz festivals as a soloist and clinician throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Canada, South America, and the Middle East. Oatts is a professor of Jazz Studies at the Boyer School of Music at Temple University and has been an artist-in-residence at the Amsterdam Conservatory since 1997.
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Steve Kenny Quartet

Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center, Drake University
Tickets are $20.

The Star Tribune calls him “a terrific trumpeter and a hilarious emcee”. is a recipient of a Minnesota Music Award, and is a co-founder of the Illicit Sextet. He has won a West Bank School of Music Jazz Composer award, and is a multiple winner of the “Best Jazz Trumpet” award at the Eau Claire Jazz Festival. He performs in The Five, with Dave Karr and What Would Monk Do?, featuring Billy Peterson and Peter Schimke. He has recorded with Pete Whitman’s Departure Point, the Cedar Avenue Big Band, and with the Illicit Sextet.

Chad Eby Quartet

Tuesday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center, Drake University
Tickets are $20.

Chad Eby is a D'Addario Woodwinds Performing Artist.  As a saxophonist and composer Chad Eby has earned widespread critical acclaim as “a consummate improviser“ (Jazz Times), who “has tremendous poise and natural melodic sense“ (Ottawa Sun), and whose “tone is boundless, blues-inflected, and wholly satisfying“ ( Downbeat Magazine gave his newest release, “The Sweet Shel Suite," a coveted four-star rating saying, “Even at its most whimsical and breathless, The Sweet Shel Suite never ceases to be tuneful. Even if you’ve never read Silverstein’s poetry, there’s plenty of inspired composition here to sink your teeth into.”  

A highly sought-after arranger, Chad’s professionally commissioned works have been performed or recorded by Bill Charlap with Kurt Elling, Wynton Marsalis with Willie Nelson and Norah Jones, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, the L.A. All-Star Big Band, and his own group, the Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra.  Eby is a clinician for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington program, and has been a featured guest artist/clinician at universities across the country. 

Chad is an associate professor of music at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music, Theatre and Dance.  He lives in Greensboro, NC with his wife Carmen, a professional clarinetist, and their two children.  

In 2001, trumpeter Brandon Lee would become one of 18 students selected to become a part of the inaugural class of the Jazz Studies program at the Juilliard School. While at Juilliard, Brandon performed with many of the jazz giants including Benny Golson, Kenny Barron, Ray Brown, Clark Terry and Hank Jones. In 2005 Brandon completed his Bachelors of Music degree and in 2007 he completed his Masters of Music degree at The Juilliard School. That same year, Brandon released his debut album, "From Within", and in March of 2010, Brandon released his second CD entitled "Absolute-Lee", which featured all original compositions. Brandon has also recorded with a plethora of jazz artists including the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Eric Reed, Carl Allen, Rodney Whitaker, Vincent Herring, Kirk Whalum, Michael Dease, Jazz Conceptions Orchestra, David Berger Big Band, Fat Cat Big Band, Richard Johnson, Mark Lopeman, Shirley Crabb, and Chad Eby. 

In the fall of 2008, Brandon became the youngest to join the faculty at The Juilliard School. In addition to his jazz faculty position, Brandon served on staff at the Juilliard School as the Artistic Coordinator of Educational Outreach from 2010-2012. Brandon is the newest faculty member to join the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, joining in the fall of 2013. Along with teaching, Brandon plays frequently with his own group and as a sideman in numerous NYC and North Carolina based groups. 

Bassist Steve Haines has played with Wycliffe Gordon, Paul Bollenback, Joel Frahm, Ralph Bowen, Joe Chambers, Dick Oatts, Fred Wesley, Adam Nussbaum, Bob Berg, and Joe Williams. His first album as a leader, "The Steve Haines Quintet: Beginner's Mind" (Artist’s House Records), received international critical acclaim and was hailed as "one of the best inside/outside records of the year." His newest album as a leader, "The Steve Haines Quintet with Jimmy Cobb: Stickadiboom" (Zoho records), is available at, or iTunes. He also plays on many recordings as a sideman, including Chad Eby’s" Broken Shadows" (Cellar Live) and "The Sweet Shell Suite". 

He is full professor and Director of Jazz Studies at the Miles Davis Program in Jazz Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Haines holds a B.M. in Jazz Performance from St. Francis Xavier University in Canada and a M.M. in Music (Jazz Studies) from the University of North Texas. Haines' music is published at the University of Northern Colorado Press. Steve orchestrated and arranged the musical Ella: The Life and Music of Ella Fitzgerald and Chopin’s piano Mazurka in A minor for full orchestra and jazz quartet. He is a recipient of the North Carolina Jazz Fellowship and is a semi finalist for the 2010 Jazz Knights Commission in New York. 

Daniel Faust is a drummer who has never been able to settle on a single genre. He traveled to Romania for the Bucharest International Jazz Competition with the jazz piano trio Unit Three, where they were awarded Best Band, and has also toured the country with Lowland Hum, Mount Moriah, The Soul Brothers, as well as New York-based theatrical New Orleans rock/soul band Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra. 

Faust received his BM in Jazz Studies from the Miles Davis Jazz Studies program at UNCG. While there, he played in UNCG Jazz Ensemble I, through which he had the opportunity to perform and record with artists such as Delfeayo Marsalis, Lee Konitz, Seamus Blake, Joey Calderazzo, and Eugene Rousseau. He can be heard on Chad Eby's albums "New Business" & "The Sweet Shel Suite", pianist Antonio Truyols' "Alive!", among many others. 

Faust continues to be an in-demand drummer in the Southeast for performing and recording projects ranging from be-bop, swing, funk, and fusion, to contemporary gospel, country, and pop. When not playing music, Daniel enjoys the seemingly futile challenge of teaching himself how to cook.

Koplant No

Friday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center, Drake University
Tickets are $20. 

Koplant No is a forward-thinking, cinematic electro-jazz ensemble that fuses intricate compositions and jazz improvisation with electronica, progressive rock, and hip-hop. Called "one of the most innovative ensembles in the Midwest" by Minnesota Public Radio's David Cazares, they are the recipients of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and have performed at venues across the country in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., St. Louis, and at the 2015 World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France. Their potent music has the rare ability to satiate the most discriminating jazz aficionados, while completely disarming the anti-jazz crowd, and has been described as “a textural feast for the mind’s eye." Koplant No is: Joel Vanderheyden (tenor saxophone), Brian Lewis Smith (trumpet, laptop, keys), Drew Morton (bass, synth), and Rob Baner (drums, loops, vibes).  

Jason Klobnak and Friends

Saturday, February 20th at 7:30 p.m.
Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center, Drake University
Tickets are $20.

is a versatile trumpet player that has
 been performing as an active musician, author, clinician, composer and educator. His band, (JKQ) is made up of high-caliber musicians known for their professionalism and versatility. The JKQ brings an infectious energy, warmth and distinct sound to the jazz experience. Together they have recorded their second full- length album in 2015 called in part thanks to the from the Boulder County Arts Alliance. In 2015, was in the Top 75 on the Jazzweek charts, on the Top 10 playlists for over a dozen radio stations worldwide and received a first round Grammy nod. 

In 2015, the JKQ performed for the Five Points Jazz Festival, the Colorado Rockies MLB at Coors Field, the City of Greenwood Village Concert Series, the Lake City Arts Festival, the Denver Public Library, the Salida Concert Series and many other club performances across the state of Colorado. Besides the JKQ, Mr. Klobnak has played and recorded for numerous groups throughout Denver, CO and Des Moines, IA ranging from jazz, indie-rock/pop and gospel. He has also written two improvisation-based books called Targeting: Improvisation With Purpose and Breaking the Monotony and is currently an adjunct professor and brass instructor at Arapahoe Community College. Mr. Klobnak holds a bachelor degree from Drake University (Des Moines, IA) and a Master’s degree from the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music (Denver, CO).

John Raymond Group

Tuesday, January 26th at 7:30 p.m.
Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center, Drake University
Tickets are $20. 

 is an American jazz trumpeter, composer and educator living in New York City.

Rooted in both traditional and modern forms, John's music incorporates jazz, classical, folk and indie-rock influences. He has collaborated with musicians such as Billy Hart, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Orrin Evans, Linda Oh, Ethan Iverson, Dan Tepfer and Gilad Hekselman among others. He has also recorded with Grammy-nominated singer Sara Bareilles, Dove Award-winning producer Darnell Davis, and performed at events such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival and on NPR's 'Toast of the Nation.'

John's latest album "Foreign Territory" was released in April 2015 to critical acclaim from the New York Times, Downbeat Magazine and others. Of note, his composition “Deeper” was chosen as a winner of the 2015 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award presented by ASCAP. John currently teaches at the United Nations International School, the New York Jazz Academy and is an active guest artist and clinician at high schools and universities around the country.

"A prepossessing young trumpet player..." (New York Times)

"With his warm, vibrant tone and near-flawless articulation, Raymond's solos jump out of the mix with clarity and grace. They avoid needless flourishes and extraneous ideas, captivating instead with their sincerity and wit." (Downbeat Magazine)

"Possessing a forte that few seasoned musicians have attained…a brilliant talent whose luminosity is endless." (Birmingham Times)

"A rapidly maturing artist with his own artistic vision." (

"You cannot escape how fresh this music is, how spontaneous and joyous in its execution, how good it feels to hear musicians having fun creating." (Step Tempest)


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