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

Speck Redd -2001 Inductee

Ernest "Speck"  Redd was born in Hannibal, MO and moved to Des Moines in 1941 after living in Ottumwa.  Nicknamed "Speck" because of his freckles, he was a popular pianist during World War II and the Center Street jazz era in Des Moines.  Speck was a mainstay at the Tally-Ran nightclub at 3red and Grand and later at Vic's Tally-Ho Restaurant.  He appeared many times on KRNT radio and television and taught his style of playing to hundreds of students over the years including other Hall Of Fame inductees, Scott Smith and Sam Salomone.  Speck Redd  was one of the best known players in Des Moines until his death n 1974.