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

Rose Marie Webster -2002 Inductee

Born in Kansas City to the late Reverend Ernest and Madghe Gaiters, rose Marie acquired a strong gospel style, singing at a very early age. In her 20’s, Rose Marie decided to pursue a career performing jazz and blues. She worked for 15 years with the late Seymour Gray. Local jazz fans will remember Rose Marie from years of performing at The Sepia Club, the White Shutter Inn, Tony’s Lounge, Basin Street and Ernie’s Urban Lounge.

In past years Rose Marie participated in Jazz In July, Women in Jazz and numerous other community events. In addition, she accompanied the chorus at Corinthian Baptist Church for 28 years and was the funeral home pianist for Estes and Son for 10 years.  Rose died on December 23, 2006 at the age of 72.