About the Des Moines Community Jazz Center Hall of Fame

Des Moines may not be the JAZZ "capital of the world", but that hasn't stopped the Greater Des Moines Community Jazz Center (CJC) from recognizing the musical contribuitions of the city's finest and most influential musicians.

Started in 2001, the Des Moines Jazz Hall of Fame was established to hoor those musicians who have been proud to call Des Moines (or Central Iowa) home. Musicians selected for the Des moines Jazz Hall of Fame have not only influenced future generations of musicians, but have provided the city's jazz fans with years of musical adventure and enjoyment.

Each October since 2001, Des Moines' jazz fans have gathered at Adventureland Inn in Altoona (just east of Des Moines) to celebrate the contributions of many talented and dedicated individuals.  In addition, the CJC presents Special Recognition awards to musicians, jazz educators, promoters or others that have contributed to the JAZZ tradition in Central Iowa.   Another Award known as "The Bobby Dawson Award" is also presented to a student musician involved in CJC jam sessions and activities.  For information on upcoming Hall of Fame events, contact Phyllis Leaverton at 515 / 276-0777.

Hall of Fame

JANEY HOOPER - 2015 Inductee

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Jayson Alcorn - 2014 INDUCTEE

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Gabriel Espinosa - 2014 INDUCTEE

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Steve Charlson - 2014 INDUCTEE

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Don Jaques

Don Jaques, saxes and flute, was inducting into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall Of Fame in 2013.

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Bob Washut - 2013 INDUCTEE

Bob Washut, pianist,educator, arranger, composer, was inducted in the CJC Hall Of Fame in 2013.

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Rufus Spates - 2013 INDUCTEE

Rufus Spates, saxophone, was inducted in to the CJC Hall Of Fame in 2013.

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Scott Davis -2012 Inductee

Scott Davis, will be inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame on October 28, 2012.

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Jim Bierma -2011 Inductee

Jim Bierma, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Willie Thomas -2011 Inductee

Williw Thomas, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Kenneth Jolls -2010 Inductee

Kenneth Jolls, vibrophonist, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2010.


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Ellsworth Brown -2010 Inductee

Ellsworth Brown,piano & saxophone & composer,  was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Frank Perowsky -2009 Inductee

Frank Perowsky, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2009.

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Susie Miget -2009 Inductee

Susie Miget, bassist & pianist & vocalist & guitarist & trombonist & composer, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2009.

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Don Hoy -2008 Inductee

Don Hoy, as inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2008.

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Jim Oatts -2008 Inductee

Jim Oatts, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2008.

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Phil Mattson -2007 Inductee

Phil Mattson, conductor & pianist & arranger & clinician & educator, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2007.

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Robert (Bob) Weast -2007 Inductee

Robert (Bob) Weast, trumpeter & educator, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2007.

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Dartanyan ("Dart) Brown -2007 Inductee

Dartanyan ("Dart) Brown, bassist & vocalist & educator, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2007.

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Howard and Seymour Gray -2007 Inductee

Howard and Seymour Gray, clubowner & bandleader & musician, were inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2007.

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Ed “Turk” Darlington -2006 Inductee

Ed “Turk” Darlington, saxophone, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Frank Tribble -2006 Inductee (1949-2013)

Frank Tribble, guitar & composer, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Jim Bowermaster -2006 Inductee

Jim Bowermaster, drummer & bandleader & radio host, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Dale "Harry" Convey -2006 Inductee

Dale "Harry" Convey, piano, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Scott Smith -2005 Inductee

Scott Smith, vocalist & pianist, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2005.

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Steve “Toad” Stewart -2005 Inductee

Steve "Toad" Stewart, trombone, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2005.

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Ben Harrison -2005 Inductee

Ben Harrison, guitarist, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2005.

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Jerry Stenstrom -2005 Inductee

Jerry Stenstrom, trumpet, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2005.

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Don Archer -2004 Inductee

Don Archer, Guitar, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2004.

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Jim Eklof -2004 Inductee

Jim Eklof, drummer, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2004.

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Sam Salomone -2004 Inductee

Sam Salomone, organ, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2004.

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Julius Brooks -2004 Inductee

Julius Brooks, tenor, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2004.

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Joanne Jackson -2003 Inductee

Joanne Jackson, vocalist, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2003.

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Wayne Lage -2003 Inductee

Wayne Lage, saxophone, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2003.

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Stu Calhoon -2003 Inductee

Stu Calhoon, piano, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2003.


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Don East -2003 Inductee

Don East, piano, arranger, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2003.

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Ross Cornelison -2002 Inductee

Ross Cornelison, bass, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2002.

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Jack Oatts -2002 Inductee

Jack Oatts, saxophone & educator, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2002.

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Helen Gale -2002 Inductee

Helen Gale, piano, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2002.

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Rose Marie Webster -2002 Inductee

Rose Marie Webster, piano & vocals, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2002.

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Irene Myles -2001 Inductee

Irene Myles, piano & vocals, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2001. 

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Speck Redd -2001 Inductee

Speck Redd, piano, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2001.

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Francis "Cigar" Bates -2001 Inductee

Francis "Cigar" Bates, Bass, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2001.

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Robert "Bobby" Parker -2001 Inductee

Robert "Bobby" Parker, drums, was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center's Hall of Fame in 2001.

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