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

Frank Tribble -2006 Inductee (1949-2013)

If it were not for Roy Rogers, Frank Tribble may have never picked up a guitar. But it was the sound of Kenny Burrell and Wes Montgomery that really inspired the young guitarist from Cincinatti, OH.

After arriving in Des Moines to attend Drake in 1968, Tribble began playing with Dartanyan Brown in a band called Star Theatre Company. When that group disbanded, Tribble began a 30-year playing tradition with organist Sam Salomone.

Evenutally, Tribble started forming his own groups. Druing his 34 years in Des Moines, he played with a who’s who of the jazz community, including other Jazz Hall of Fame honorees like Joanne Jackson, Scott Smith, Rose Marie Webster, Stu Calhoon, Julius Brooks, Jim Eklof and Bobby Dawson. Tribble also has the distinction of performing in every Jazz in July since its inception (at the time of his induction).

While pursuing his musical career at night, Tribble enjoyed a 14 year career with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, which included creating the city’s popular, “I’ll Make Me A World” event.

Frank left Des Moines for Portland, Oregon in 2003 and returned in 2012 to be near friends when his health began failing. He passed away on October 26, 2013.  A memorial celebration was held at Sam and Gabe's Italian Bistro a week later to celebrate his life and the mark that he left on the jazz community.