Thursday, May 21, 2009

ASCAP to Add Seven Music Greats to Jazz Wall of Fame at Jazz at Lincoln Center Event

(Jon Hendricks & Arnaldo DeSouteiro)

ASCAP President & Chairman Paul Williams has announced that ASCAP will add seven music greats to the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame on Tuesday, June 16, 2009. The invitation-only event will be hosted by Mr. Williams in The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in Manhattan beginning at 6:30 PM.

The event will be highlighted by the induction of seven giants of Jazz: living legends Jon Hendricks, Johnny Mandel, Annie Ross, and Randy Weston; and posthumous honorees: John Coltrane, Dave Lambert, and Tito Puente. Participating in the event as presenters and/or performers will be Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), Marilyn & Alan Bergman, John Clayton, Joe Lovano, Eddie Palmieri, Karrin Allyson, Jay Leonhart, jazz historian Dan Morgenstern and WBGO radio personality Gary Walker.

In addition, acclaimed Jazz violinist and composer Regina Carter will be presented with The ASCAP Foundation Vanguard Award for her innovative musical activity. And the first-ever ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame Prize will be presented to clarinetist/saxophonist/composer Anat Cohen for her promise in Jazz composition and musicianship.

The reception will also celebrate the seventh annual ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards. The program was established in 2002 to encourage the jazz creators of the future. The ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards recognize composers less than 30 years of age whose works are selected through a national competition. The Young Jazz Composer Awards are in their fourth year of sponsorship by Gibson Foundation, the philanthropic division of musical giant Gibson Guitar Corp. The Gibson Foundation supports The ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards in fulfillment of its commitment to educational excellence through music and the arts.

The award recipients are:
Mike Baggetta, 29 (Brooklyn, NY); Tyler Gilmore, 26 (Denver, CO); Victor Gould, 21 (Boston, MA); Aaron Grad, 28 (Takoma Park, MD); Nick Grondin, 26 (Boston, MA); Alex Heitlinger, 28 (Brooklyn, NY); Armand Hirsch, 18 (New York, NY): Matt Holman, 26 (New York, NY); Remy Le Boeuf, 22 (New York, NY); Ben Markley, 27 (Longmont, CO); Kendall R. Moore, 22 (Miami, FL); Rob Mosher, 29 (Brooklyn, NY); Daniel Ori, 29 (New York, NY); Travis Reuter, 22 (Brooklyn, NY); Albert Rivera, 25 (Bronx, NY); Sam Sadigursky, 29 (Brooklyn, NY); Nikos Syropoulos, 20 (Los Angeles, CA); Matthew Vashlishan,26 (Coral Gables, FL); Justin Vasquez, 26 (Austin, TX); and Brandon Wright, 26 (Brooklyn, NY).

The youngest ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composers, ages 15 to 17, are: Lucas Apostoleris, 15 (MA); Phillip Golub, 15 (CA); Nicolas Hetko, 17 (NY); David Lantz, 17 (PA); Caili O’Doherty, 16 (OR) and Keshav Singh, 17 (CA).

Composers receiving Honorable Mention areBenj Bellon, 17 (CA); Michael Collins, 29 (Tempe, AZ); Zaccai Curtis, 27 (Bronx, NY); Douglas Detrick, 25, (Eugene, OR); James Hirschfeld, 27, (New York, NY); Pascal Le Boeuf, 22 (Santa Cruz, CA); Chase Morrin, 15 (CA); Joshua Moshier, 22 (Evanston, IL); Matt Savage, 16, (NH); Erica Seguine, 21 (Rochester, NY); and Stephen W. (Red) Wierenga, 29 (New York, NY).

The ASCAP composer/judges for the 2008/2009 competition were John Fedchock, Jay Leonhart and Phil Markowitz.
About The ASCAP Foundation
Founded in 1975, the ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs, and public service projects for senior composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributors from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States.

Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization (PRO) representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 350,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP has representation arrangements with similar foreign organizations so that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world where copyright law exists. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only American PRO owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.

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