ASCAP Announces Winners of Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award


The ASCAP Foundation announced the winners of the 2022 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards. Now in its 10th year, the award recognizes jazz composers under the age of 30. The recipients, chosen after a competition with a jury, receive a cash prize of varying amounts. Additionally, one recipient will be featured at the Newport Jazz Festival this summer. The judges for this competition were Chuck Owen, Fabian Almazan and Camille Thurman. Past winners are Matthew Whitaker, Giveton Gelin and Dave Meder.

“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,” ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams said in a statement. press release received at JazzTimes. “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.”

Here is the list of recipients, including honorable mention winners:

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

Honorable Mention Composers: Claire Dickson, 25, of Brooklyn, NY (Medford, MA); Michael Echaniz, 27, of Los Angeles, Calif. (Oakland, Calif.); Amanda Ekery, 27, of New York, NY (El Paso, TX); Chase Elodia, 27, of Brooklyn, NY (Norwalk, CT); Peyton Nelesen, 14, of California; and Malcolm Xiellie, 14, of California.

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