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

Steve Charlson - 2014 INDUCTEE

Steve Charlson was inducted in the CJC Hall of Fame in October of 2014.

Steve is a native of Waterloo, Iowa and has a Bachelor of
Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa. His principal teachers
were Eldon Obrecht at the University of Iowa, and Stuart Sankey at
Indiana University. Notably, while in college, Steve won a Down Beat
outstanding soloist award. His credits include the Glenn Miller Orchestra,
Disney World College All-star Orchestra, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey Bands,
Rosemary Clooney, Maureen McGovern, the Mills Brothers, Patty Paige, Billy Eckstine,
Donny Osmond, Captain and Tennille, Hal Galper, and Steve Allen. Currently
he is Principal Bass with the Dubuque Symphony, a member of the Des Moines Big Band,
and freelances throughout the mid-west.

Steve is highly regarded as Des Moines' premier jazz bassist and has been the mainstay house bassist at Chuck's Restaurant for nearly 8 years as of this writing.