Des Moines Community Jazz Center Announcements



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

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.