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

Joanne Jackson -2003 Inductee

Mention Ernie’s Urban Lounge, a popular jazz club of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, and Joanne Jackson’s name usually pops up. A native of Newton, IA, vocalist Joanne weaved her magnificent voice around jazz, blues and standards at Ernie’s before heading off on other musical adventures. She worked worldwide in touring musical theater, as a recoding artist, as a film and television actress and as a busy jazz and blues vocalist. Returning to Newton several years ago to care for her mother, Joanne also made her return to the local music scene, working with other Iowa natives in the Joanne Jackson Quartet. Besides being inducted in the CJC Hall Of Fame, a few of Joanne’s other kudos include NAACP and Drama Log awards