ASCAP Foundation Announces 2022 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award Winners

The ASCAP Foundation announces the winners of its 2022 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards.

Created in 2002, the program recognizes gifted young jazz composers up to the age of 30. It is named for the great trumpeter and ASCAP member Herb Alpert in recognition of the Herb Alpert Foundation’s multi-year financial commitment to the program, which began in 2012. Recipients, who receive cash prizes, are selected as part of a national competition with jury.

“We are very proud to recognize the recipients of the 2022 ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award and to celebrate 10 years of generous support from the Herb Alpert Foundation,” said ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams. “These emerging voices are taking their music in new creative directions, and we deeply appreciate the Herb Alpert Foundation for helping to nurture the art of jazz with this enduring partnership.”

The winners of the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award 2022 are listed below with their age, current residence and place of origin. If you are under 18, only your age and state of residence are listed:

Evan Abounassar, 22 from Los Angeles, CA (Yorba Linda, CA); Ben Beckman, 21 from New Haven, CT (Los Angeles, CA); Sonya Belaya, 27 from Brooklyn, NY (southeast MI); Max Bessesen, 27 from New York, NY (Denver, CO); Gabriel Chakarji, 28 from Brooklyn, NY (Caracas, Venezuela); Jessica Curran, 28 from Boston, MA (Sandwich, MA); Kira Daglio Fine, 25 from Boston, MA; Sebastian de Urquiza, 29 from New York, NY (Buenos Aires, Argentina); Michael R. Dudley Jr., 27 of Potsdam, NY (Cincinatti, OH); Joseph Durben, 18 of Buffalo, MN; Quinn Dymalski, 23 from Los Angeles, CA (Park City, UT); Conner Eisenmenger, 29 from Seattle, WA (Louisville, KY); Eliana Fishbeyn, 25 from New York, NY (Chapel Hill, North Carolina); Brandon Goldberg, 16, from FL; Vicente Hansen, 29, from Brooklyn, NY (Santiago, Chile); Ennis Suavengco Harris, 23, of Los Angeles, CA (Exeter, CA); Daiki Nakajima, 19 from San Jose, California (Tokyo, Japan); Yu Nishiyama, 27, from Hawthorne, NJ (Yokohama, Japan); Robert Perez, 29 from Los Angeles, CA (Chino Hills, CA); Gary (Kaiji) Wang, 26, from Miami, FL (Beijing, China); and Griffin Woodard, 23 from Boston, MA (Bethlehem, PA).

The composers receiving honorable mention this year are: Claire Dickson, 25, of Brooklyn, NY (Medford, MA); Michael Echaniz, 27 from Los Angeles, CA (Oakland, CA); Amanda Ekery, 27 from New York, NY (El Paso, TX); Chase Elodia, 27 from Brooklyn, NY (Norwalk, CT); Peyton Nelesen, 14, from California; and Malcolm Xiellie, 14, from California.

Through a partnership with the Newport Festivals Foundation, one of the winners of this year’s Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards will be presented by the Newport Jazz Festival.

The ASCAP composers/judges for the 2022 competition were: Fabian Almazan, Chuck Owen and Camille Thurman.

Additional funding for the program is provided by the ASCAP Bart Howard Fund Foundation.

The Herb Alpert Foundation, a private, nonprofit foundation established in the early 1980s, makes significant annual contributions to a range of programs in the arts, arts education, and compassion and wellness. Its funding is directed to projects in which Herb and Lani Alpert and Foundation President Rona Sebastian play an active role. [The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.]

Founded in 1975, the ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education, talent development and humanitarian programs. These include songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition programs and community outreach. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and music lovers across the United States. www.ascapfoundation.org

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