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

Susie Miget -2009 Inductee

Susie Miget is a bassist, pianist, vocalist, guitarist, trombonist, composer and an expert in jazz theory and improvisation. She grew up in a highly musical family as both of her parents are musicians and educators. Susie majored in trombone and voice at Murray State University, and bass and composition at Drake University.

Susie has performed with many jazz greats over the years and led many successful jazz groups of her own. She is highly respected as a musician, educator and composer and continues to perform regularly.

She began her private studio teaching in 1974 and has taught as Director of Jazz Studies at Central College and jazz bass instructor at Simpson, Southwest Community and William Penn colleges. In 1995, Susie founded Creative Music Studios and has been credited with development of many of Central Iowa’s well known musicians.