The sound of jazz is an American sound, and it’s one that Billie Allen-Henderson (pictured) hopes to keep hearing.
“You travel all over the world and you hear this music, this wonderful music, that we in the States are famous for-from the New York theatre, to musical theatre, to jazz,” she explains.
And to help ensure that the legacy of American musicians continues to grow, Allen-Henderson has established a new scholarship program within the Juilliard School in New York City in memory of her late husband, arranger and composer Luther Henderson.
“We always knew that we wanted to establish a scholarship to help up-and-coming musicians and young music students to give them a leg up, to give them encouragement,” she said.
The Luther Henderson Scholarship Fund (LHSF) will grant five music scholarships to students of color, meant to help them to pursue their aspirations while relieving the financial burdens of a college education from their families.