Max Wellman Quintet

Monday, Sep 4
Janey Hooper Memorial

Whether it is at Chicago’s stunning Drake Hotel or the historic Hoyt Sherman Place Theater, vocalist Max Wellman is enticing music lovers throughout the region. With a sound evoking the likes of Sinatra & Connick, Wellman’s recordings & performances promise that the Great American Songbook is alive & well for a new generation of listeners.

When Wellman teams up with his jazz trio or his Big Band, it’s an opportunity to witness his talent on a grand scale. Concerts like his annual ‘Home for the Holidays’ have become a cherished treasure throughout the region.

Over the years, Wellman has had recorded success with his ‘Comes Love’ EP (2009) and ‘Max Wellman Live with His Big Band’ (2010) was met with rave reviews, as was ‘You Must Believe In Spring’ (2014). He also routinely sells out his Songbook Project subscription service — a project that sheds light on dozens of treasured standards every year. Wellman has successfully produced concerts at many of the midwest’s gems, from historic Hoyt Sherman Place to the Des Moines Playhouse to the restored Paramount Theater in Cedar Rapids.

Hometown in Iowa: Des Moines

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Damani Phillips

Saturday, Sep 2
Janey Hooper Memorial

The Phillips Organ Trio is a group that specializes in the funkier, more soulful side of the jazz idiom – striking a balance between groove, accessibility and musical substance. The group’s repertoire is a mixture of classic soul jazz songs from the 50-60’s and contemporary jazz; all wrapped in clear overtones of the Black church by way of the soulful sounds of the Hammond organ. A group that you do not want to miss!

Hometown in Iowa: Iowa City

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David Zollo

Dave Zollo

Saturday, Sep 2
Janey Hooper

If you’re a follower of the midwestern indie music world (or of American roots music generally) you might be forgiven for thinking David Zollo has been around forever. The truth is, it just seems that way. Since bursting on the scene as a baby-faced 21-year-old with Iowa City’s white-hot, road-chewing pub-rockers, High and Lonesome in 1992, Zollo has done just about everything you can do in the rock and roll business. Whether as a singer/songwriter/keyboardist with his own bands; as a sideman for an incredible array of roots music talent (Todd Snider, William Elliott Whitmore, Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, The Pines); as founder/owner/ operator of legendary underground label,Trailer Records; or producer to up-and comers (The Pines, Brother Trucker) Zollo always maintained a ridiculously frenetic schedule, logging thousands of miles and 200+ gigs a year, doing all of these things at an incredibly high level. He has paid dues that any bluesman or honkey-tonker (both titles apply to Zollo) would envy.

David Zollo (lead vocals, keyboards,) Brian Cooper (drums) Randall Davis (electric guitars,) Ryan Bernemann (harmony vocals, bass guitar)

Hometown in Iowa: Iowa City, Wellman, Tama, Grinnell, Bedford

Dave Moore

Sunday, Sep 3
Janey Hooper Memorial

Dave Moore is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Iowa City.   His early influences were blues and conjunto music.  He was a frequent performer on American Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” and records for Minneapolis-based Red House Records.

Hometown in Iowa: Cedar Rapids, Iowa City