CJC Hall-of-Fame

  • October 22, 2023 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Noce

    1326 Walnut Street
    Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Ticket Price $20.00-$40.00 This event is now over

Every city has its jazz heroes, and Des Moines is no exception. For the past 22 years, the Community Jazz  Center of Greater Des Moines (CJC) has honored these heroes with its Annual Hall of Fame and Special  Recognition Awards. This year’s event is scheduled for the evening of Sunday, October 22, at Noce in  downtown Des Moines. 

CJC will be inducting trumpeter Dave Rezek and saxophonist/educator Chris Merz into the Hall of Fame,  which now numbers a total of 56 individuals from the jazz community. 


Dave Rezek — After spending 11 years playing in the Boston and New York City area, trumpeter  Dave Rezek returned to his hometown to pursue a busy career as a private teacher, clinician, jazz  festival adjudicator, front/sideman and guest artist. Among his many achievements since  returning to Des Moines include being named the director of the Des Moines Big Band, founding  a jazz series at the former Des Moines Social Club, being a faculty member on the University of  Northern Iowa’s Summer Jazz Combo Camp, teaching at Susie Miget’s Creative Music Studio and  serving as the jazz band director at Roosevelt High. Today, you can catch Dave performing with  his original music sextet, Alpha State Agents, as well as playing with the Iowa Jazz Composers  Orchestra, the Max Wellman Big Band, the Tony Valdez Large Band and others. 


Chris Merz — Although he may not call Des Moines home, saxophonist Chris Merz has had a  tremendous impact on many area musicians who attended the University of Northern Iowa  where he served as director of jazz studies since 2002. A past president of the Jazz Educators of  Iowa, founder and director of the UNI Combo Camp and a member of the Iowa Jazz Educators’  Hall of Fame, Chris is also a frequent performer in Des Moines with his own groups — The X-tet,  Equilateral, Christopher’s Very Happy Band and Shorter Stories — as well as recently appearing  with the Iowa Jazz Composers Orchestra at Jazz in July. On more than one occasion, Chris has  made the drive to Des Moines to share his passion and skill with students attending CJC’s first  Sunday of the month jam sessions. 


Other awards to be presented at the event include: 


∙ Special Recognition Awards will be given to saxophonist Dave Bohl, trombonist John Kendeigh and long-time CJC treasurer Ron Rubek

∙ The Next Generation Award, which focuses on up-and-coming musicians who are making an  impact on music in Des Moines, will be presented to pianist/trumpeter Nate Sparks. 

∙ The Bobby Dawson Award, presented to a student musician who has been involved with the  CJC monthly jam sessions, will be awarded to saxophonist Andrew Wittmer who will be  graduating from Waukee’s Northwest High School this year.  

This year’s Hall of Fame will be held October 22, 2023 at Noce, 1326 Walnut Street in downtown  Des Moines. The Hall of Fame event will kick off at 5:00 p.m. with a reception and dinner. The awards  ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. which will include performances from this year’s winners as well as past  Hall of Fame winners and special guests. 

Admission is $20 for advanced tickets and $25 at the door. Food and drinks will be available for an  additional charge. Proceeds from this event fund the Community Jazz Center’s youth activities.  Tickets can be ordered online at www.cjc-dsm.org or www.nocedsm.com. They are also available by  calling 515-279-6452 or emailing abegold1951@gmail.com. 

The CJC Hall of Fame is always a very special night jam packed with live jazz performances and tributes  that you won’t want to miss! Visit dmcommunityjazzcenter.org for more information about the event and  the Community Jazz Center of Greater Des Moines. 

Date & Time

Sun, Oct 22, 2023 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Venue Details


1326 Walnut Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309 Noce

Noce is a modern jazz club and cabaret established to present Des Moines with some of the greatest jazz music & theater from around the Midwest. With locally & nationally renowned live entertainment several nights each week in our cabaret lounge & rental space available to the community at large, Noce provides music lovers with an experience unparalleled in the state of Iowa. To complement our top-class performers, Noce features a jazz age cocktail bar, serving vintage and contemporary libations. In addition to our 100 seat cabaret lounge, we also feature a 2,500 sq. ft. rental space in the building that is available for events of every kind, from private dinners to full wedding receptions.

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