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

Jim Bierma -2011 Inductee

Jim Bierma was a high school student in Des Moines when he began his musical career performing with the Don Hoy Orchestra.  It wasn’t long before he started working with CJC Hall of Famer, Irene Myles, who he continued to work with regularly for more than 17 years.  After some time as a duo at the former Maddie’s Place, they started working with drummer Bobby Parker and moved downtown to the Savery Hotel where they later were joined by saxophonist, Julius Brooks.  Bierma is the last of the famous Irene Myles group to be inducted into the CJC Hall of Fame.

Since leaving Des Moines, Bierma has worked with many, many talented singers and musicians in the Minneapolis area.  He is currently employed full-time at the University of Minnesota where is working on his doctorate in psychology, but still manages to gig two to three times a week.