Des Moines Community Jazz Center Announcements

2012 Hall of Fame

CJC Announces 2012 Hall of Fame!

Mark  your calendar to attend the Community Jazz Center’s Hall of Fame and Special Recognition Awards at Adventureland Inn on Sunday,October 28. The CJC has sponsored this ‘Celebration of Des Moines Jazz’ every October since 2001. The annual event pays tribute to many of Des Moines’ jazz heroes – past, present and future.

This year, the CJC will be inducting popular trumpet/flugenhorn player and bandleader, Scott Davis.   Scott graduated from UNI and earned his master’s degree from Drake University before entering a career in education. Since then, he has performed in a wide variety of formats ranging from classical to klezmer to blues and jazz. He is perhaps best known as frontman and leader of the Scott Davis Quartet that was formed in 2002.

Special Recognition Awards will be given to the first-call, ubiquitous bassist,  David Altemeier, the extremely talented singer, Tina Haase- Findlay and also restaurant owner and huge live music supporter, Linda Bisgnano of Chuck’s Restaurant.

A new award category this year honoring, ‘The Next Generation’ focuses on the up-and-coming musicians who are making an impact on music in Des Moines. This award goes to pianist, Nick Leo for his musical contributions with several musical groups including Workshop, Salsa Vibe and The Paige Harpin Group among others.

The Bobby Dawson Award is presented to a student musician who has been involved regularly with the CJC monthly jam session.  This year’s recipient is the outstanding young trumpeter/pianist, Nathan Sparks from Southeast Polk High School.

The Hall of Fame event will kick off at 5:00 pm with a performance by the CJC Youth Combo.  Doors open for the main event at 6:00 pm for live music followed by the ceremony and lots of live jazz by some of Des Moines’ finest musicians thoughout the night. This year, in an effort to make jazz accessible to more people, the CJC is decreasing the admission price to a mere $15 if tickets are purchased and paid for prior to October 28.  Admission at the door will be $20.   Food will be an additional option that may be purchased during the social time at the beginning of the evening.

The CJC Hall of Fame is always a very special night jam packed with live jazz performances and tributes that you won’t want to miss!   Visit Des Moines Community Jazz Center, the CJC Facebook site or call Phyllis Leaverton at 515-276-0777 for more information.