About Greater Des Moines Community Jazz Center

The CJC was formed by Willie Thomas, a nationally known trumpet player, in March of 1988. It's 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.


  • Student - $10>
  • Adult - $20
  • Patron - $30
  • School - $35

Call Phyllis Leaverton at 515/276-0777 or e-mail with the Contact Us page for more information.