Every Tuesday, Talk of Iowa is hosting an episode meant for learners of all ages who are missing out on summer camp this year. During this episode, we’re learning about jazz music.

Jazz music is a truly American art form. Born in New Orleans, it was the creation of African American musicians. On today’s show, we hear from Roger Maxwell, one of the founding members of the jazz program at the University of Northern Iowa, saxophonist Damani Phillips, director of the jazz program at the University of Iowa and trumpeter Toni LeFebvre, founder of the Iowa Women’s Jazz Orchestra.

Want to learn more about the history of jazz music but don’t know where to begin? Here are some tracks from the show to get you started.

The Nearness of You by Sarah Vaughn

Intermission Riff by Stan Kenton

West End Blues by Louis Armstrong

Retrograde by Darryl Reeves

I Want To Break Free by Bria Skonberg


  • Roger Maxwell, musician, composer, civil rights advocate
  • Damani Phillips, director of Jazz Studies