The Des Moines Big Band has been under the leadership of Jim since 1988. The band has recorded four CDs, featured on three specials for Iowa Public Television, performed at the IAJE National Conference, and has had a regular Monday night gig. Many international jazz artists have performed with the DSM BB during the past twenty years. The band is celebrating fifty years of existence in 2009. You can check-out the many events for 2009 by going to their website, www.desmoinesbigband.com.
The Oatts family has been a corner stone of Iowa Jazz since Jim’s father; Jack Oatts started the first high school jazz band in Earlham in 1955. Jim and his wife, Lori have triplet sons that are carrying on the family tradition in the Des Moines area.