Des Moines Community Jazz Center Announcements

Recent article about this year's Hall of Fame inductee

Jazz musician Scott Davis will join the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) music faculty as an adjunct instructor.

“We are thrilled to have Scott (Davis) teaching our students. He is one of the leading experts in the state on jazz,” said Jim Loos, DMACC Music Program chair.

Davis has been playing and teaching jazz music for more than 30 years. He grew up in Des Moines, has a Masters Degree from Drake and taught music in the Des Moines Public School System for 20 years. He can also be heard playing trumpet with the Scott Davis Quartet, Free Style and other ensembles.  The groups play events in the Des Moines area and throughout Iowa. Davis said he’s excited to work with DMACC students. “I hope they will gain a new understanding and appreciation of jazz music,” said Davis.

Davis will teach a new course starting in the fall of 2012 entitled, “Jazz History and Appreciation.” In the three credit course, students will listen to, discuss and learn about the historical context of jazz from the late 1800s to the current style.  Loos said students will learn about the cities where jazz developed and the influential composers and performers. “I hope the course deepens students understanding of jazz styles and broadens their knowledge of the musicians,” said Loos. “Jazz History and Appreciation,” MUS 205, will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:35 to 3:50 p.m.