Des Moines Community Jazz Center Announcements

CJC Hall of Fame scheduled for Sunday, October 20!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for CJC Hall of Fame and Special Recognition Awards at Adventureland Inn on Sunday, October 20 when we honor Des Moines' Jazz heros and Celebrate JAZZ IN DES MOINES.  This year we will be inducting saxophonist/flautist, DON JAQUES and educator/composer/performer BOB WASHUT from UNI for their outstanding impact and influence on local jazz.  The event will be jam packed with music the festivities begin at 5:00pm with a performance by the CJC Youth Combo.  Doors to the main event open at 6:00 with music by SAM SALOMONE followed by much, much more to be announced soon.  


Legendary alto saxophonist, RUFUS SPATES will also receive a posthumous induction in the Hall of Fame this year.

Special Recognition Awards go to drummer, JOHN KIZILARMUT and the CJC BIG BAND.  

Another Special Recognition Award will be presented by the CJC Big Band to student bassist, LAUREN JOHNSON for her dedication to performing with the Big Band.    

The Bobby Dawson Award for a student musician who has been involved with CJC Jam Sessions goes to guitarist, ROSS CLOWSER

The Next Generation Award is a new category that was started last year to recognize the future of jazz in Des Moines by honoring an "under 30 musician" who has been heavily involved in the local jazz scene for some time.  This years award goes to bassist, ERIC KRIEGER.  

Tickets are $15 advance and $20 on the day of the event.   A special meal is available for a nominal fee (details to follow soon).  Phone Phyllis Leaverton at 515-276-0777 for additional information.