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South Arts Announces 31 Artists Receiving Jazz Road Tours Grants

Christian Wissmuller • News • November 22, 2021

Jazz Road, South Arts’ national initiative supporting jazz artists, announces the latest recipients of Jazz Road Tours grants receiving more than $375,000. Through Jazz Road Tours, artists can apply for up to $15,000 to help support touring their work into communities across the country. These latest recipients are added to the growing list of artists that South Arts is assisting to get back on the road as venues re-open for audiences following the COVID-19 restrictions.

“The past six months have shown that performance possibilities frozen by the pandemic are thawing out for jazz artists,” says Sara Donnelly, South Arts’ Director of Jazz. “Though jazz has lost important venues, many are booking shows again, and artists are carefully weighing a safe return to touring. There is such exuberance in realizing these tours. We are glad to build toward a national framework for gig sustainability and better pay for artists as we look toward the tail end of the pandemic.”

Some of the artists receiving Jazz Road Tours grants from this round of funding include:

  • Vocalist Samara Joy from New York received $15,000 to tour with the Pasquale Grasso Trio through Missouri, Arkansas, Ohio, and Michigan.
  • The Smoogies from Miami, Florida, will receive $10,650 to embark on their first tour with performances in New York, Illinois, and California.
  • Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Few from Chicago, Illinois, will receive $15,000 to perform in creative spaces such as The Imperial in Miami and Dupont Underground in Washington, DC.


These 31 recipients add to the growing list of artists who have received Jazz Road Tours and Jazz Road Creative Residencies grants as well as previous COVID-19 relief grants from the Jazz Road Quick Assist Fund. Through Jazz Road, South Arts is investing $5.5 million in the nation’s jazz infrastructure by giving grants directly to artists so they can expand and explore their work while receiving equitable pay.


Jazz Road Tours grants remain open, accepting applications on a rolling submission basis for tours occurring through June 2022. Artists from around the country may apply for funds through South Arts’ website to support three- to six-site tours with grants of up to $15,000.


Jazz Road, a national program funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is led by South Arts in partnership with the five other U.S. Regional Arts Organizations (Arts Midwest, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Mid Atlantic Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Western Arts Alliance/WESTAF).


To learn more about Jazz Road and read about each Jazz Road Tours  recipient and their projects, or call 404.874.7244.




About South Arts

South Arts advances Southern vitality through the arts. The nonprofit regional arts organization was founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to support the success of artists and arts providers in the South, address the needs of Southern communities through impactful arts-based programs, and celebrate the excellence, innovation, value and power of the arts of the South. For more information,


About the Jazz Road Tours Grant Recipients
(Dates and venues subject to change)


Gabriel Alegria and the Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet

Jersey City, NJ

Grant Amount: $15,000

Tour Information:

8/13/2021- J. Owen Grundy Park in Jersey City, NJ

8/14/2021 – THE ZINC BAR in New York, NY

8/18/2021 – The Multicultural Center in Cambridge, MA

8/20/2021 – New England Arts & Entertainment in Hartford, CT

8/21/2021 – Music Mountain Festival in Falls Village, CT

8/23/2021 – Peruvian Consulate in NYC in New York, NY


JD Allen and the JD Allen Trio

Cincinnati, OH

Grant Amount: $13,730

Tour Information:

10/23/2021 – Constellation in Chicago, IL

10/25/2021 – NOMA in Omaha, NE

10/28/2021 – Cliff Bell’s in Detroit, MI


Charlie Ballantine and the Charlie Ballantine Trio

Indianapolis, IN

Grant Amount: $5,800

Tour Information:

9/9/2021 – Merriman’s Playhouse in South Bend, IN

9/10/2021 – Bur Oak in Madison, WI

9/11/2021 – Noce in Des Moines, IA

9/25/2021 – Caffe Vivace in Cincinnati, OH

10/1/2021 – Bop Shop in Rochester, NY

10/3/2021 – An Die Musik in Baltimore, MD


Jamie Baum and the Jamie Baum Septet+

New York, NY

Grant Amount: $15,000

Tour Information:

10/14/2021 – The Outpost in Albuquerque, NM

10/16/2021 – Athenaeum in La Jolla, CA

10/18/2021 – The Seasons Performance Hall in Yakima, WA

10/20/2021 – Imagine Jazz at Holy Names Music Center in Spokane, WA

10/21/2021 – Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz, CA

10/23/2021 – Redwood Jazz Alliance in Arcata, CA


Steve Carrington and the Steve Carrington Quintet

Bronx, NY

Grant Amount: $10,500

Tour Information:

12/3/2021 – The 1905 Jazz Club in Portland, OR

12/6/2021 – Parker Jazz Club in Austin, TX

12/10/2021 – Compass Christian Church in Akron, OH


Isaiah Collier and the Chosen Few

Chicago, IL

Grant Amount: $15,000

Tour Information:

12/5/2021 – The Imperial Mia in Miami, FL

12/9/2021 – Sultan Room in New York, NY

12/12/2021 – Minton’s Playhouse in New York, NY

12/16/2021 – DUPONT UNDERGOUND in Washington DC, DC


George Colligan and Theoretical Planets

Portland, OR

Grant Amount: $10,479

Tour Information:

10/23/2021 – The Jazz Station in Eugene, OR

10/24/2021 – Ted Brown Music Recital Hall in Tacoma, WA

10/25/2021 – Sherwood High School in Sherwood, OR

10/26/2021 – The 1905 in Portland, OR

10/29/2021 – California State University Northridge in Los Angeles, CA

11/2/2021 – Lower Columbia College in Longview, WA


Joshua Espinoza and the Joshua Espinoza Trio

Baltimore, MD

Grant Amount: $8,800

Tour Information:

11/10/2021 – Keystone Korner Baltimore in Baltimore, MD

11/11/2021 – Gloria Faye Dingus Music Alliance in Warrenton, VA

11/12/2021 – White Horse Black Mountain in Black Mountain, NC

11/13/2021 – Sharp Nine Gallery in Durham, NC

11/14/2021 – Reformation Lutheran Church in Newport News, VA


Orrin Evans and the Orrin Evans Trio

Philadelphia, PA

Grant Amount: $15,000

Tour Information:

10/26/2021 – Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club in Portsmouth, NH

10/27/2021 – Nova Arts in Keene, NH

10/29/2021 – SPACE Gallery in Portland, ME

10/30/2021 – Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares at Community Music School of Springfield in Springfield, MA

10/31/2021 – The Falcon in Marlboro, NY


Janet Evra and the Janet Evra Quartet

St. Louis, MO

Grant Amount: $6,150

Tour Information:

9/29/2021 – Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia, PA

9/30/2021 – Shea Theater in Turner Falls, MA

10/1/2021 – Lovin’ Cup in Rochester, NY

10/2/2021 – Jazz Buffalo in Buffalo, NY

10/3/2021 – Reggies in Chicago, IL


Joe Fiedler and Open Sesame

Peekskill, NY

Grant Amount: $4,299

Tour Information:

11/19/2021 – Next Stage Arts in Putney, VT

11/20/2021 – Bop Shop in Rochester, NY

11/21/2021 – The Linda, WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio in Albany, NY


Jesse Fischer

Brooklyn, NY

Grant Amount: $10,950

Tour Information:

9/29/2021 – An Die Musik in Baltimore, MD

9/30/2021 – Con Alma in Pittsburgh, PA

10/1/2021 – Bop Stop in Cleveland, OH


Joel Frahm and the Joel Frahm Trio

Nashville, TN

Grant Amount: $7,541

Tour Information:

10/12/2021 – Bowling Green University in Bowling Green, OH

10/14/2021 – Cliff Bells in Detroit, MI

10/15/2021 – Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, NY

10/16/2021 – The Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap, NY


Rob Garcia and the Rob Garcia 4

Brooklyn, NY

Grant Amount: $14,825

Tour Information:

9/11/2021 – The Rust Library in Leesburg, VA

9/12/2021 – Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza and Live Music in Columbus, OH

9/13/2021 – Jazz Erie presents at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie in Erie, PA

9/15/2021 – Bop Stop in Cleveland, OH

9/16/2021 – Bop Shop Records in Rochester, NY

9/17/2021 – TR Gallo Waterfront Park in Kingston, NY


Richie Goods and The Goods Project

New York, NY

Grant Amount: $15000

Tour Information:

10/2/2021 – An Die Musik Live in Baltimore, MD

10/5/2021 – University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI

10/6/2021 – Shiloh Baptist Church in Cleveland, OH

10/7/2021 – The Promontory in Chicago, IL

10/8/2021 – Cliff Bells in Detroit, MI


Alex Hamburger

Silver Spring, MD

Grant Amount: $14,485

Tour Information:

11/5/2021 – PAUSA Art House in Buffalo, NY

11/6/2021 – Coda in Cleveland, OH

11/7/2021 – Schwartz’s Point in Cincinnati, OH

11/11/2021 – SongSpace in Pittsburgh, PA

11/13/2021 – Arts Barn in Gaithersburg, MD


Karla Harris and the Joe Alterman Trio

Atlanta, GA

Grant Amount: $14,924

Tour Information:

6/17/2022 – Winyah Auditorium in Georgetown, SC

6/18/2022 – Middle C Jazz Club in Charlotte, NC

6/21/2022 – Hayesville High School in Hayesville, NC

6/24/2022 – Tina McGuire Theater in Asheville, NC

6/25/2022 – The Peacock Playhouse in Hayesville, NC


Zacc Harris and the Zacc Harris Group

Minneapolis, MN

Grant Amount: $5,375

Tour Information:

11/9/2021 – The Rosebowl Tavern in Urbana, IL

11/10/2021 – Blockhouse Bar in Bloomington, IN

11/11/2021 – Shryock Auditorium in Carbondale, IL

11/12/2021 – Cafe Coda in Madison, WI

Marquis Hill

Berwyn, IL

Grant Amount: $15,000

Tour Information:

8/19/2021 – Jazz TX in San Antonio, TX

8/20/2021 – Parkers Jazz Club in Austin, TX

8/22/2021 – DaCamera in Houston, TX


Samara Joy and the Pasquale Grasso Trio

New York, NY

Grant Amount: $15,000

Tour Information:

12/9/2021 – Blue Strawberry in St. Louis, MO

12/10/2021 – Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, AK

12/16/2021 – Jazz Vivace in Cincinnati, OH

12/17/2021 – Bop Stop in Cleveland, OH

12/18/2021 – Cliff Bell’s in Detroit, MI


Kristina Koller

Yorktown Heights, NY

Grant Amount: $11,550

Tour Information:

9/16/2021 – ArtsConnect in Cincinnati, OH

9/17/2021 – Merrimans Playhouse in South Bend, IN

9/18/2021 – Dogwood Center for the Arts in Fremont, MI

9/19/2021 – Fulton Street Collective in Chicago, IL


Lauren Lee and the Lauren Lee Quartet

New York, NY

Grant Amount: $14,768

Tour Information:

11/5/2021 – St. Peter’s UCC in Ferguson, MO

11/6/2021 – Cafe Coda in Madison, WI

11/9/2021 – Merriman’s Playhouse in South Bend, IN

11/10/2021 – Bop Stop in Cleveland, OH



Boston, MA

Grant Amount: $15,000

Tour Information:

11/6/2021 – Rivers School Jazz Festival in Weston, MA

11/7/2021 – Next Stage Arts in Putney, VT

11/10/2021 – Jazz Shares/Springfield Community Music School in Springfield, MA

11/11/2021 – Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH

11/12/2021 – Firehouse 12 in New Haven, CT


Hannah Marks and Tide Pools

New York, NY

Grant Amount: $7,080

Tour Information:

10/13/2021 – The Blockhouse in Bloomington, IN

10/14/2021 – Merrimans’ Playhouse in South Bend, IN

10/15/2021 – Noce in Des Moines, IA

10/18/2021 – Fulton St. Collective in Chicago, IL

10/19/2021 – Blue Llama Jazz Club in Ann Arbor, MI

10/20/2021 – Bop Stop in Cleveland, OH


Matthew Shipp

New York, NY

Grant Amount: $13,250

Tour Information:

10/16/2021 – Charlottesville Jazz Society/First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, VA

10/17/2021 – An die Musik LIVE! in Baltimore, MD

10/19/2021 – New Ghosts/Bop Stop in Cleveland, OH

10/21/2021 – FMRL/Chris Davis @ Darkhorse Theater in Nashville, TN

10/28/2021 – Edgefest/Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, MI

10/31/2021 – Arts for Art/Flamboyan Theater in New York, NY


Nate Smith + KINFOLK

Nashville, TN

Grant Amount: $15,000

Tour Information:

11/4/2021 – Soundcheck Studios in Pembroke, MA

11/5/2021 – Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club in Portsmouth, NH

11/7/2021 – Le Poisson Rouge in New York, NY

11/9/2021 – WRTI in Philadelphia, PA

11/10/2021 – World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA

11/11/2021 – City Winery D.C. in Washington, DC


The Smoogies

Miami, FL

Grant Amount: $10,650

Tour Information:

4/30/2022 – Altamirasound in Los Angeles, CA

5/7/2022 – The Andes Hotel in Andes, NY

5/7/2022 – Meat and Flowers in Hamden, NY

5/2/2022 – Elastic Arts in Chicago, IL

5/4/2022 – Bad At Sports Radio in Chicago, IL


Marcos Varela and Marcos Varela Quartet

New York, NY

Grant Amount: $13,930

Tour Information:

10/11/2021 – San Ygnacio Zócalo in San Ygnacio, TX

10/13/2021 – Monks Jazz Club in Austin, TX

10/15/2021 – Discovery Green in Houston, TX


Fay Victor and Fay Victor’s SoundNoiseFUNK

Brooklyn, NY

Grant Amount: $13,590

Tour Information:

10/23/2021 – The Fire Museum in Philadelphia, PA

10/24/2021 – Rhizome in Washington, DC

10/27/2021 – Constellation  in Chicago, IL

10/28/2021 – EdgeFest (KerryTown Concert House) in Ann Arbor, MI


David Weiss and The Cookers

New York City, NY

Grant Amount: $15,000

Tour Information:

9/19/2021 – Aretha’s Jazz Cafe at Music Hall in Detroit, MI

9/21/2021 – Jazz Alley in Seattle, WA

9/26/2021 – Bach Dynamite and Dancing in Half Moon Bay, CA


Damon Zick and Quarteto Nuevo

Los Angeles, CA

Grant Amount: $15,000

Tour Information:

9/24/2021 – Mission Valley Live in Polson, MT

9/26/2021 – Alpine Artisans in Seeley Lake, MT

9/27/2021 – The Stave & Hoop in Missoula, MT

10/1/2021 – The Alberta Bair Theater in Billings, MT

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