Noce Brightens the Holiday Season

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Above: Singer Tina Maase Findlay stars in “Diva & the Deacons Christmas Extravaganza” this Saturday at Noce.

Noce is giving you every reason for your holiday season to be merry, bright and jazzy as all get-out. The downtown club has packed its schedule with holiday-themed concerts by an impressive array of local and national musicians.

One of our favorite singers, Tina Haase Findlay, gets everything started with “Diva & the Deacons Christmas Extravaganza” in two shows Nov. 25. Whether she’s belting out the blues or crooning a jazz standard, the multitalented Findlay never fails to move us with her powerful and evocative vocals.

Next up is the always-popular annual concert “Home for the Holidays” Dec. 2-3 starring Max Wellman, Noce’s entertainment director, well-known jazz vocalist and all around good guy. The show, which typically sells out, also includes additional jazz musicians, all backed by a six-piece band directed by acclaimed trumpeter Dave Rezek. You’ll be tempted to sing along, as the concert focuses on classic favorites (“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Sleigh Ride”). Just how popular is this show? It will also be performed Dec. 10, 15, 17 and 22.

Believe it or don’t, all that is just a start. Additional Greater Des Moines musicians who will perform holiday shows include the Des Moines Big Band Dec. 6, 13, 20 and 27; singer and guitarist Rob Lumbard, a fixture on the Des Moines scene for more than 30 years, Dec. 7; vocalist Gina Gedler Dec. 9; and pianist Peter Roberts, who will play the famous compositions from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in an all-ages concert Dec. 21.

We’re also looking forward to the stops by New York-based drummer and Grammy nominee Matt Wilson Dec. 14; and by the Annie Booth Trio, a Denver-based jazz piano trio that will reimagine favorite tunes with a swinging twist Dec. 16.

So, you now have no excuse not to embrace the sounds of the season at Noce. We’ll see you there. For times, ticket prices and more details, visit Noce’s website here.

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