I'm Gonna Jazz My Way: The Story of Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Presented by John Benoit, feat. Gina Gedler & More

  • Fri, Jun 23, 2023 8:00 PM - 10:15 PM
  • Noce

    1326 Walnut Street
    Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Ticket Price $20.00-$45.00 This event is now over

Today, F. Scott Fitzgerald is remembered as the author of classic American novels, such as This Side of Paradise and The Great Gatsby.  During the “Roaring ‘20s”, however, Scott and his wife Zelda were equally famous for the scandalous lifestyle that they led.  The Ballyhoo Foxtrot Orchestra, under the direction of trombonist John Benoit and featuring vocalist Gina Gedler, will celebrate this remarkable couple in “I’m Gonna Jazz My Way”: The Story of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald in Narration and Song.  The show traces the full arc of the Fitzgeralds’ short but intense lives in a story that encompasses the entire gamut of human emotions – all except for shame.  The narrative is enlivened by the music of the Jazz Age, including many songs which are still familiar today such as “It Had to Be You,” “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby!,” and “Mood Indigo.” And it is all performed with the invigorating pep of a 1920s-era dance band.


 The Ballyhoo Foxtrot Orchestra was formed by John Benoit in 2005.  Since then, the band has entertained audiences with its authentic Jazz Age sound and repertoire in concerts and at jazz festivals throughout Iowa.  The nine-piece period ensemble features some of the best interpreters of early jazz in the state.

Date & Time

Fri, Jun 23, 2023 8:00 PM - 10:15 PM

Venue Details


1326 Walnut Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309 Noce

Noce is a modern jazz club and cabaret established to present Des Moines with some of the greatest jazz music & theater from around the Midwest. With locally & nationally renowned live entertainment several nights each week in our cabaret lounge & rental space available to the community at large, Noce provides music lovers with an experience unparalleled in the state of Iowa. To complement our top-class performers, Noce features a jazz age cocktail bar, serving vintage and contemporary libations. In addition to our 100 seat cabaret lounge, we also feature a 2,500 sq. ft. rental space in the building that is available for events of every kind, from private dinners to full wedding receptions.

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