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ASCAP Adds Jazzers to Wall of Fame

Pianist Hank Jones (pictured) was one of seven jazz artists added to ASCAP’s Jazz Wall of Fame in March. To thank the composers’ association for the honor, Jones and his trio played at the reception for the event, held March 19 at the ASCAP Gallery in Manhattan. Jones, 84, was the only honoree in attendance at the invitation-only event. He is the only one still alive. Sidney Bechet, Al Cohn, Nat “King” Cole, Peggy Lee, Teddy Wilson and Lester Young were the other honorees.

” The sheer diversity and magnitude of the individuals we honor this year speaks to the richness of this living and endlessly evolving musical genre,” said ASCAP President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman. “ASCAP is pleased to add all of these legends to our Jazz Wall of Fame. And it is most appropriate to couple this salute to jazz greats of the past with a celebration of the jazz of the future via the talented recipients of The ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards.”

The Young Composer Awards, given out at the same ceremony, were instituted in 2002 and recognize the work of jazz composers under 30. This year’s winner were selected by ASCAP members and jazz artists Cecil Bridgewater, Billy Harper and Maria Schneider. Below is a list of the winners.

JAVIER ARAU (age 27) INSIDE IN, INSIDE OUT

4 Voices (S,A,A,T), Guitar, Bass, Drums

MAURICE BROWN (age 22) RAPTURE

Trumpet, Tenor Sax, Piano, Bass, Drums

QUAMON FOWLER (age 22) THE REINFORCEMENT

Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet, Piano, Bass, Drums

ROSS GARREN (age 17) SMITHOMANIACS

Piano

GORDON HAAB (age 27) URBAN TRANSFORMATION

Chamber Orch & Jazz Quartet

JEREMY PELT (age 26) INNER SANCTUM

Trumpet, Tenor Sax, Piano, Bass, Drums

GREG REITAN (age 29) MAN OVERBOARD!

Piano, Bass, Drums

BOB REYNOLDS (age 25) WHERE DID YOU COME FROM?

Soprano Sax, Piano, Bass, Drums

SHERISSE ROGERS (age 24) WAITING

Big Band

SCOTT ROUTENBERG (age 24) THE LEONIDS

Violin, Alto Sax, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums

JEREMY SISKIND (age 16) INFINITY

Tenor Sax, Piano, Bass, Drums

MAXWELL SNYDER (age 26) QUEEN ANNE’S REVENGE

Alto Sax, Guitar, Bass, Drums

NICHOLAS URIE (age 17) NEO

Flute, Alto Sax, 2 Flugelhorns, Trombone,

Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums

BRIAN VANARSDALE (age 23) THE BEGINNING AND THE END

Big Band

EZ WEISS (age 24) I REGRET

Trumpet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Piano, Bass, Drum

BEN WENDEL (age 26) TOUCHÉ

Tenor Sax, Elec Piano, Elec Bass, Drums

HONORABLE MENTION:

DUSTIN DREWS, THOMAS COLE GARDNER, JASON GOLD

HAMILTON HAYES, PASCAL LE BOEUF, MARK LEMSTRO

IRVIN MAYFIELD, DAVID STANSBURY, COLTON WEATHERS

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