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CMA Announces 10 Grants to Jazz Ensembles

Thirty-eight U.S.-based ensembles and presenters in all receive support

Darrell Grant
Steve Lehman
Chris Dingman

Chamber Music America (CMA) has announced the recipients of its 35th annual grant program, supporting community-based residencies and the composition of new works. CMA will distribute a total of $557,000 to 38 ensembles and presenters in 18 states through three of its major grant programs: Residency Partnership, Classical Commissioning and New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development. The grantees were selected this spring by independent review panels of musicians and presenters.

Ten of this year’s 38 recipients are composer-led jazz ensembles, which were selected from among 167 applicants. The grantees will receive a total of $230,000 for the creation and performance of new works. The program also funds activities that extend the life of the commissioned work and that allow the ensemble leader to acquire or increase career-related business skills.

The jazz recipients are as follows.


Kyle Bruckmann’s Wrack (Oakland, CA)

Kyle Bruckmann, composer/oboe/English horn; Jason Stein, bass clarinet; Darren Johnston, trumpet; Jeb Bishop, trombone; Jen Clare Paulson, viola; Anton Hatwich, bass; Timothy Daisy, percussion

Frank Carlberg Quartet (Brooklyn, NY)

Frank Carlberg, composer/piano; Christine Correa, voice; John O’Gallagher, saxophones; John Hébert, bass; Michael Sarin, drum set

Patrick Cornelius Group (Brooklyn, NY)

Patrick Cornelius, composer/alto and soprano saxophones; Gerald Clayton, piano and Fender Rhodes; Peter Slavov, bass; Kendrick Scott, drum set; Jason Palmer, trumpet; Nick Vayenas, trombone; John Ellis, tenor saxophone and bass clarinet; Miles Okazaki, acoustic and electric guitars

Andrew Raffo Dewar’s Interactions Quartet (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Andrew Raffo Dewar, composer/soprano saxophone; Kyle Bruckmann, oboe and English horn; Gino Robair, percussion; John Shiurba, acoustic and electric guitars

Chris Dingman’s Waking Dreams (Brooklyn, NY)

Chris Dingman, composer/vibraphone; Fabian Almazan, piano; Justin Brown, drum set; Loren Stillman, saxophone; Chris Tordini, bass; Ryan Ferreira, guitar


Darrell Grant Grant Ensemble (Portland, OR)

Darrell Grant, composer/piano; Brian Blade, drum set; Joe Locke, vibraphone; Steve Wilson, saxophones; Clark Sommers, bass; Anthony Dyer, viola; John Nastos, bass clarinet; Farnell Newton, trumpet; Marilyn Keller, voice

Portable Sanctuary (Seattle, WA)

Paul Kikuchi, composer/percussion and electronics; Stuart Dempster, trombone and conches; Bill Horist, guitar and prepared guitar; Maria Scherrer Wilsom, cello; Tari Nelson Zagar, violin

Steve Lehman Octet (Brooklyn, NY)

Steve Lehman, composer/alto saxophone; Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet; Mark Shim, tenor saxophone; Tim Albright, trombone; Chris Dingman, vibraphone; Jose Davila, tuba; Drew Gress, bass; Tyshawn Sorey, drum set

The Kora Band (Portland, OR)

Andrew Oliver, composer/piano; Kane Mathis, kora and guitar; Chad Mccullough, trumpet; Brady Millard-Kish, bass; Mark Di Florio, drum set and percussion

Samuel Torres Group (Long Island City, NY)

Samuel Torres, composer/congas and percussion; Michael Rodriguez, trumpet and flugelhorn; Joel Frahm, saxophones; Manuel Valera, piano and keyboards; John Benitez, bass; Ernesto Simpson, drums; Marshall Gilkes, trombone; Jonathan Gomez, percussion

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