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

Kenneth Jolls -2010 Inductee

Vibrophonist Ken Jolls is a professor of chemical engineering at Iowa State University, but he has also had an incredible musical career for the past 55 years.  Jolls has a lengthy musical resume that dates back to the mid-1950’s when he earned a music degree from Duke University and toured Europe with a dance band.  Since that time he has arranged, lectured and performed in every musical style imaginable.  Highly accomplished on vibes; Jolls led many combos in Ames and Central Iowa for years, gaining respect from his peers for his skill and virtuosity.