Two words: Ozark jazz. Let’s let that marinate for a minute. OK, what is it? Well, the Ozark Jazz Society (yes, that’s a thing) describes it as “traditional jazz around the Lake of the Ozarks area. The originators had Dixieland in mind but we are branching out into a combination of Dixieland, Ragtime & Big Band Swing.” Enter, Izabel Crane.
Izabel Crane isn’t one Ozark Jazz-lovin’ gal, but a band of five Springfield, MO musicians, fronted by Liz Carney (FYI the name Crane comes from the Missouri town where Carney was born) — the band’s lone singer and one of two guitar players. Other instruments you’ll hear from the band are bass, tuba, drums, mandolin and even a cornet. Carney’s sultry voice combined with the somewhat dark vibe of the band’s interpretation of the genre makes it the perfect music to sip bourbon and seduce someone, or to drown your sorrows after the aforementioned seduction goes south.
By Cady Colosimo
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Little BIG Fest is organized by the nonprofit Greater Des Moines Music Coalition. Little BIG Fest 2017 is made possible with generous support from Meredith Inc., Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Bankers Trust, Iowa Taproom, Peace Tree Brewing Co., Iowa Beverage Systems, Yelp DSM, Malo, Bravo Greater Des Moines, Saturday Mfg., Vital Signs Display Graphics, VolunteerLocal, and Des Moines Social Club.
Little BIG Fest is an annual festival featuring roots, country, singer-songwriter, bluegrass, blues, jazz, and soul music. The goal of Little BIG Fest 2017 is to showcase female-identified and non-binary musicians successful in the music industry and to spark the imagination of talented performers of all ages in Des Moines. Little BIG Fest’s vision is to grow the number of women and non-binary artists playing music in Iowa and for the music industry to embrace a wider variety of musicians as festival headliners.