The Road Scholars Spyro Gyra Tribute Band, feat. Dan Moore & Damani Phillips

  • Sat, Nov 5, 2022 7:00 PM - 9:15 PM
  • Noce

    1326 Walnut Street
    Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Ticket Price $15.00-$50.00 This event is now over

Co-lead by U of I professors Damani Phillips (saxes) and Dan Moore (mallet percussion), “The Road Scholars” is Iowa’s newest tribute band consisting of an all-star cast of Iowa’s finest. Focusing exclusively on the music of the iconic contemporary jazz group Spyro Gyra, “The Road Scholars” is the first and only group of its type in the region. Landmark hits like Morning Dance, Catching the Sun and Café Amore have established Spyro Gyra as a musical force to be reckoned with in jazz over the last 30+ years. Moore and Phillips are joined by Iowa standouts William Menefield (keys), Steve Charlson (basses) and Tim Crumley (drums) in the revival and celebration of this incredibly fun, inviting and accessible music that you won’t hear anywhere else in the Midwest!


Dr. Damani Philips is a native of Pontiac, MI, and currently serves as Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor of African-American Studies at the University of Iowa. Phillips has earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from DePaul University and The University of Kentucky in classical saxophone, a second Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Wayne State University and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. An active performer, pedagogue and lecturer, Phillips has taught and performed throughout the world. He has previously served on the faculty of Grinnell College and Oakland University, and is actively sought as a guest artist, clinician, adjudicator and presenter throughout the country. He has performed with artists/groups such as Lewis Nash, Christian McBride, Wycliffe Gordon, Bobby McFerrin, Marcus Belgrave, Terrell Stafford, Hank Jones, Red Holloway and Pat Bianchi among many others. He has released 5 albums as a leader, and published his first book “What Is This Thing Called Soul: Conversations on Black Culture and Jazz Education” in 2017.

Date & Time

Sat, Nov 5, 2022 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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