The stage has been placed at various locations and has been different sizes over the years in heart of downtown Iowa City. For the past five years we've added side stages to feature more local artists. A few years ago we announced the addition of the "All Youth Stage" featuring local jr. high and high school students.
We have always placed an emphasis on education and over the years have had numerous workshops and lectures led by jazz greats such as Paquito D'Rivera, T. S Monk, Paul McKee, Ed Wilkerson, Ron Carter, Marshall Allen, and members of the Sun Ra Arkestra.
A few years years ago, National Public Radio and "Jazz Set", hosted by Branford Marsalis returned to Iowa City for the 2000 Iowa City Jazz Festival. Becca Pullium and Duke Marcos was here to record the Festival for "Jazz Set" which is broadcast on over 200 stations nationally including our very own KCCK. NPR has visited us three times prior to 2000 and 2000's festival was recorded and then broadcast several times during the following year. You can still hear past years of the Iowa City Jazz Festival on "Jazz Set"
We have also won several "Tourism and the Arts Awards" for the state of Iowa, and have been named "Best Festival" by several local newspapers including the Iowa City Press Citizen in 2002.
I am looking forward to continuing the tradition this year with our biggest and best festival ever! See you there!
The following is a list of all the different bands we have featured over the years on the main stage.