In an effort to relieve the economic pressures caused by the ongoing pandemic, the San Jose Jazz (SJZ) organization announced that it has given $1,000 grants to 27 Bay Area jazz musicians as part of its commission-based initiative, the SJZ Jazz Aid Fund 2022. In addition, nine of the recipients will premiere their newly commissioned work at the 2nd SJZ New Works Fest at the SJZ Break Room in downtown San Jose, Calif., from April 22 through May 8, 2022. Music fans can also view each concert live-streamed free on San Jose Jazz’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Highlight shows featuring short sets by Fest artists will be streamed free May 13-15.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, San Jose Jazz has been focused on the needs of artists and the health of the live music scene, starting with our Live from Home live-streamed concerts, which put 100% of donations directly into the hands of artists,” SJZ executive director Brendan Rawson said in a press release received by JazzTimes. “For the past two years, our Board of Directors has granted over $83,000 to artists in need throughout the region via commissioned works and performance fees. Musicians are still in great need of assistance and we are dedicated to curating programming that puts the artist first, and helps them with essential financial aid.”
Artists receiving grants from the SJZ Jazz Aid Fund 2022 are: Aaron Germain, ASTU, Ben Goldberg, Bennett Roth-Newell, Brian Sheu, Caroline Chung, Cava Menzies, Chris “Kid” Anderson, Dame Drummer, David Lechuga, Gary Meek, Javier Cabanillas, Jeff Kolhede, Kalil Amar Wilson, Kenya Moses, Kim Nalley, Kristen Strom, Lilan Kane, Michael “Tiny” Lindsey, Mike Aaberg, Mike Blankenship, Juanita Harris, Noah Kibreab, Patrick Wolff, Ren Geisick, Sylvia Cuenca, and Valerie Troutt.