Pianist/Vocalist Carol Welsman w/ Gabriel Espinosa & Co. - National Act!

  • February 17, 2024 7:00 PM - 9:15 PM
  • Noce

    1326 Walnut Street
    Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Ticket Price $28.00-$76.00 This event is now over

Internationally acclaimed vocalist/pianist Carol Welsman is a 6-time Juno Award Nominee (Canadian Grammy). She captivates audiences the world round with her unique ability to story tell and spread her infectious warmth and energy through music.  Carol has 13 albums to her credit. Her 2016 solo piano/vocal album “FOR YOU” was the #1 selling album at retail in Japan for 6 months following its release, and it reached number 4 on the jazz charts. Volume 2, This is Carol – Jazz Beauties, a trio album, was released in 2019 in Japan and it too was the #1 selling album of the year at retail. Carol’s 2020 Latin Jazz release, “Dance with me”, features a duet with Latin superstar Juan Luis Guerra, and the duet recording was added to a Spotify Latin playlist with 900,000 listeners.

Welsman has a brand new album entitled “14”, her fourteenth recording which will be released September 9, 2022 on Justin Time Records, with four singles that will be pre-released over the Spring and Summer. It is truly a jazz album co-produced by internationally renowned producer and composer/arranger, Romano Musumarra. It features Carol’s intimate piano/vocal accompaniment along with guitar and bass (and a few tracks with drums), featuring.

Carol is the granddaughter of Frank Welsman, founder and first conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Her album “I LIKE MEN- Reflections of Miss Peggy Lee”, was voted Top 5 album of the year in USA Today (all genres) in 2010. Carol has performed for such luminaries as Stevie Wonder, Gordon Lightfoot, Herbie Hancock (duet) and President Bill Clinton.  She speaks English, French, Spanish and Italian fluently and also records in these languages.   

While she has internationally, performing from trio to big band to Pops symphony orchestra concerts, Carol has enjoyed much of her career success in Japan and Canada. A “Distinguished Alumnus” of Berklee College of Music, Welsman is also a prolific songwriter and her songs have been recorded by such artists as Celine Dion, Ray Charles and Chrissy Hinde. 

“Blessed with so many musical gifts—taste, time, projection and a rhythmic sense of when to change chords—Carol’s piano is beyond reproach, warm yet rhythmically sharp, giving her voice a perfect hammock of support to swing in.”   I’m not an easy pushover, but she’s got what it takes to take me.    –REX REED


Gabriel Espinosa was born in Merida, Mexico. He has music degrees from Central College (BA in

Music), Berklee College of Music (Arranging) and the University of North Texas (Masters in

Music). He has been teaching at Central College since 1996 and at Grinnell College since 2004.

Espinosa recorded three albums with his Iowa band Ashanti before going solo in 2009.

Since 2009 he has recorded five albums for the New York Record label Zoho Music with

musicians like: Antonio Sanchez, Anat Cohen, Hendrik Meurkens, Misha Tsiganov, Adriano

Santos, Tierney Sutton, Kim Nazarian (from the New York Voices) to name a few.

Gabriel will be releasing his next project during the Spring of 2023 in Iowa and New York.

His special guests on the new album are The New York Voices, Fred Hersch, Misha Tsiaganov,

Mauricio Zottarelli, Anat Cohen and many more.

Date & Time

Sat, Feb 17, 2024 7:00 PM - 9:15 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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