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.

Beginning in October of 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.  The event location relocated to Noce in downtown Des Moines in 2017.    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 CJC Director, Abe Goldstien at abegold1951@gmail.com.

Hall of Fame


MARCIA MIGET (educator and multi-instrumentalist) -  Marcia grew up in an extremely musical family prior to attending Drake University in 1974 where she studied under Jazz Band Director Bob Weast (Hall Of Fame inductee).  She was well known during her time in Des Moines for playing with Midwest Express at Ernie's Urban Lounge.  She eventually became a musical team with bassist Dartanyan Brown and was sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts from 1979 - 1984 taking music education into the schools.  Marcia returned to Des Moines in 1985 to finish her degree and performed with many local musicians including the group, "Miget-Miget" that she formed with her sister, Susie.  She left for San Francisco in 1988  where she founded her own music school.  Marcia is a busy educator and performing musician in the Bay Area to this day.