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

Dale "Harry" Convey -2006 Inductee

By the time he left high school Dale "Harry" Convey was a leading jazz pianist in Cedar Rapids.  Following a stint in the U.S. Army, Convey returned to Iowa to attend the University of Iowa where he landed a job with Larry Barrett, Iowa City's major jazz banc leader at that time.  Upon hearing Convey in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines bandleader Don How asked him to move to Des Moines in 1960.  After several years of gigging in Des Moines, Convey took a job as a reporter for the Palm Beach Times in Florida.  It wasn't long before he was playing jazz with the best players in the Palm Beach area.

Returning to Des Moines to care for his mother, convey was one of the area's busiest pianists, with steady gigs at the Embassy Club, Glen Oak Country Club and Younkers Tea Room.  Most recently, jazz lovers of Des Moines can "fall under the spell" of Convey's unique style of playing ballads at Lucca's in the East Village.