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   John was drawn to JAZZ at an early age and  became passionate about the music when he lived in Boston in 1976 and sat in the front row at the Jazz Workshop listening to the likes of Bill Evans , Jimmy Heath and McCoy Tyner on many occasions.

    Though he remained on the fringe of the jazz scene,  John' s work obligations took priority for the next few decades.  It wasn't until the fall of 2006 that veteran bassist, Ross Cornelison asked him to fill in for pianist Stu Calhoon at their regular gig at Sam and Gabe's Italian Bistro.   John worked semi-regularly with Ross for the next two years and has continued working at numerous venues with some of the talented bassists and drummers in Des Moines.  

   John loves the standard JAZZ repertoire - especially in a swinging, bluesy, hard bop style.  He has tremendous respect for the jazz masters, both historically and those who still play "real JAZZ".  John is grateful everyday for the joy of this music .  

   In addition to learning and playing, John loves to support all local JAZZ music, particularly by promoting it though the Greater Des Moines Community Jazz Center.  He founded the CJC Hall of Fame in 2001, administers the CJC website and updates that site on a regular basis. 

   In 2001, John founded the CJC Jazz Hall of Fame to recognize those  individuals who have dedicated their lives to  JAZZ in Des Moines.   He was instrumental in providing a "new home" at Adventureland Inn for the The Des Moines Big Band to perform at every Monday night for several years.  And in October of 2007, John brought one of his favorite pianists, Benny Green, to Des Moines for a performance at The Des Moines Art Center for the first time.   for the first time.   for the first time.   for the first time.   for the first time.   for the first time.   John brought the Benny Green Trio back to Des Moines in February of 2017 and has maintained in touch with this icon of modern jazz piano ever since.

Speaking of the Des Moines Art Center, John is also proud to serve as an honorary trustee of that great institution as his other great passion is contemporary ART. John also currently serves on the board of directors of Hoyt Sherman Place. 

Please contact John at [email protected] or
515-202-0937 for information on live jazz for 
your next event.

John M. Krantz