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Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards Announced

Jazzed Magazine • News • February 8, 2013

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ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams recently announced the recipients of the 2013 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards. Established by The ASCAP Foundation in 2002 to encourage gifted jazz composers under the age of 30, the program now carries the name of the great trumpeter and ASCAP member Herb Alpert in recognition of The Herb Alpert Foundation’s multi–year financial commitment to support this unique program. Recipients receive cash awards and range in age from 10 to 30. They’re selected through a juried national competition.

The 2013 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award recipients are listed with their age and current residence: Nii Akwei Adoteye, age 26 of South Miami, FL; Quentin Angus, age 25 of New York, NY; Elliot Deutsch, age 29 of Pasadena, CA; Angelo Di Loreto, age 22 of New York, NY; Shaul Einav, age 30 of Queens, New York; Nick Finzer, age 24 of New York, NY; Addison Frei, age 21 of Denton, TX; Alexander Goodman, age 25 of New York, NY; Aaron Hedenstrom, age 24 of Denton, TX; George Heid III, age 22 of Pittsburgh, PA; Kristopher Johson, age 29 of Ferndale, MI; Daniel Kaneyuki, age 25 of Fountain Valley, CA; Grace Kelly, age 20 of Dover, MA; Paul Krueger, age 25 of Sioux Falls, SD; Pascal Le Boeuf, age 26 of New York, NY; Guy Mintus, age 21 of New York, NY; Aakash Mittal, age 27 of Boulder, CO; Robert Perez, age 19 of Chino Hills, CA; Dan Pugach, age 29 of Brooklyn, NY; ArcoIris Sandoval, age 25 of New York, NY; Kavita Shah, age 27 of New York, NY; Camille Thurman, age 26 of New York, NY; Drew Zaremba, age 21 of Southlake, TX; and Zac Zinger, age 24 of Brooklyn, NY.

The youngest ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composers, ages 10 to 18 are: Paul Bloom, age 18; Esteban Castro, age 10; Marc Harris, age 17; Albert Newberry, age 13; Adam O’Farrill, age 18; and Tissiana Vallecillo, age 11.

Composers receiving Honorable Mention are: Glenda del Monte Escalante, age 29 of Miami, FL; Andrew Linn, age 24 of New York, NY; Curtis Ostle, age 28 of New York, NY; Jonathan Parker, age 26 of Rochester, NY; Andrew Rowan, age 26 of Valencia, CA; and Nathan Parker Smith, age 29 of Brooklyn, NY.

The ASCAP composer/judges for the 2013 competition were: Anat Cohen, Wycliffe Gordon and Jay Leonhart. Additional funding for this program is provided by The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.

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