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

Phil Mattson -2007 Inductee

Phil Mattson created the curriculum for the School for Music Vocations at Southwestern Community College, and directed the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and VoicesIOwa in addition to his classroom teaching duties. He has taught at Pacific Lutheran University (WA) and served as Director of Choral Activities at Foothill College (CA) and Gonzaga University (WA). Mer Mattson has published more than 70 choral and vocal jazz arrangements and compositions for various publishers, including the UNC Jazz Press. He has been nominated twice for Grammy awards for arrangements and performance. He created the Phil Mattson School for Vocal Musicians in Spokane (WA) and led the Grammy-nominated P.M Singers. He has produced three CD recordings and an instructional video with VoiceIowa. He has directed the Phil Mattson Vocal Jazz/Choral Workshops in the U.S. and Canada, and administered the Southwestern Vocal Jazz Festival. He has been an active conductor, pianist, arranger and clinician and writes for professional vocal groups including the Four Freshmen, the Real Group, Chanticleer, Beachfront Property, the Dale Warland Singers and Manhattan Transfer.