About the Greater Des Moines Community Jazz Center



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Community Jazz Center Celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month
With a 10-Hour Jazz Festival

In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, the Community Jazz Center of Greater

Des Moines (CJC) will host a10-hour jazz festival on Sunday, April 19, at Java Joe’s Coffeehouse in downtown Des Moines. The festival will recognize the vitality and diversity of Des Moines’ jazz scene with performances from high school musicians to members of Des Moines’ Jazz Hall of Fame.

“This is our once-a-year opportunity to introduce the community to the past, present and future of Des Moines’ jazz community,” notes CJC coordinator Abe Goldstien. The event feature performances from the CJC Big Band with Jazz Hall 

of Fame winners,  John Krantz & Friends, Austin Brown/Stephanie Marie Duo,

Todd Woodward’s Standard Deviations and the Java Jews. Dave Camwell, director

of jazz studies at Simpson College will present a history of jazz at 11 a.m., followed

by a jam session featuring middle and high school musicians. For a complete schedule of the day, visit www.dmcommunityjazzcenter.org.

The CJC Jazz Festival is open to the public and donations will be accepted at the door. Money raised during the event will help fund many of the organization’s educational programs for young jazz musicians, which includes monthly jam sessions, scholarships and festivals. CDs of many local musicians will be available for sale at the concert with a portion of those proceeds being donated to CJC.

Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), which was created by John Hasse, curator of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 2001, honors this unique original American art form.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR for CJC 10 Hour Jazz Festival at Java Joe's on April 19

Here is the updated lineup:

9-10 AM         BEAVER CREEK JAZZ PROJECT
10-11 AM       HANNAH MARKS TRIO
11- NOON      DAVE CAMWELL WORKSHOP
12-2PM          JAM SESSION
2-4 PM           CJC BIG BAND W/SPECIAL GUESTS
4-5 PM           JOHN  KRANTZ & FRIENDS (Oatts, Schumacker, Krieger, Eklof)
5-6PM            AUSTIN BROWN/STEPHANIE MARIE
6-7 PM           TODD WOODARD “STANDARD DEVIATIONS”


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The CJC was formed by Willie Thomas, a nationally known trumpet player, in March of 1988. Its mission was to provide young musicians an opportunity to interact and share their gifted talents with area students. Since the departure of Mr. Thomas, the CJC has thrived under the leadership of Phyllis Leaverton.

The main objective of the CJC is to provide young musicians an opportunity to develop their talents and enjoy music in a non-competitive environment. The structured monthly jam sessions are beneficial in this way - to both student musicians and professional musicians alike.

Over the years, CJC has maintained a regular monthly jam session on the first Sunday of every month at Java Joe's Coffeehouse in downtown Des Moines (214 4th Street). The CJC Big Band also performs there on the third Sunday of every month.

- CJC Big Band -

The CJC sponsors an annual Junior High Jazz Festival and also the CJC Honor Bands which provide valuable experience for young musicians with an interest in Jazz.

Every October since 2001, the CJC sponsors the CJC Jazz Hall Of Fame and Special Recognition Awards (click "Hall of Fame above). This is an impressive evening that pays tribute to important long-time musicians, educators and promoters in the Des Moines area.

The CJC intends to be the source for JAZZ infomation in Des Moines. More and more young people in Des Moines are discovering this important American ART form and the CJC is here to help promote local JAZZ in Des Moines! Please feel free to contact us with questions or suggestions.

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