UNI School of Music to induct new Jazz Hall of Fame honorees

Jim Linahon
Roger Maxwell

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa School of Music will celebrate the lifetime achievements of the most recent School of Music Jazz Hall of Fame inductees at an award ceremony and induction held during the spring Jazz Band One concert on Friday, April 8,at Bengtson Auditorium in Russell Hall on UNI’s campus.

The Jazz Hall of Fame honorees for 2016 will be James (Jim) Linahon and Roger Maxwell.

Jim Linahon is a 1973 UNI alumnus and a Grammy Award-winning music producer from Clear Lake, Iowa, currently working and living in Los Angeles. Linahon recently returned to Cedar Falls in September 2015, when he appeared as guest conductor for the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra at their Scholarship Benefit Concert tribute to Frank Sinatra. Linahon is an award-winning music producer, composer and trumpet artist with more than 300 recording projects for film, television, radio, musical theater, video games and CDs/DVDs to his credit. Jim has an extensive background as a studio musician in California and has produced and recorded for a wide variety of artists, studios and agencies, including Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, Henry Mancini, Sarah Vaughn, Warner Brothers, The Walt Disney Company, Sony, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, A & E and many more.  

Roger Maxwell is a native of Marshalltown, Iowa. Maxwell was one of the founding members of the jazz program at UNI and taught music in the Hazleton Independent School District after graduating from UNI (then Iowa State Teacher’s College) in 1954. During his career, Roger also served as assistant conductor and chief arranger for the U.S. Army Band of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii, and returned to Iowa to teach in three more districts from 1958 through 1966. In 1966, Roger became a staff member for the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, later becoming their director of compliance. Roger also served as Equal Employment Compliance Office for the Iowa State Board of Regents and served in that capacity for 26 years, retiring in 1995. Roger’s love of music compelled him to author music education books including “Fourteen Weeks to a Better Band” (published in 1973) and two more works, which have collectively sold more than 700,000 copies. Roger currently resides in Windsor Heights, Iowa, with his wife Arenda.

“The UNI School of Music is honored to induct Jim Linahon and Roger Maxwell into the Hall of Fame,” said John Vallentine, director of the UNI School of Music. “Their lifetime accomplishments in music are a testament to their Iowa roots, educational accomplishments in receiving a UNI music degree, and dedicated work as successful professionals. We are very proud to induct Jim and Roger, and to bestow this award to two of our most accomplished alumni.”

For more information on the UNI School of Music Jazz Hall of Fame or other events, contact Caroline Francis, communications and operations coordinator for the UNI School of Music, at 319-273-2028 or caroline.francis@uni.edu.


Caroline Francis, communications and operations coordinator, UNI School of Music, 319-273-2028, caroline.francis@uni.edu

Blake Ruane, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, blake.ruane@uni.edu