Jazz
ASCAP "We Create Music"
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS, AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS
ACE / Repertory Find Titles, Writers & Publishers and more Find Titles, Writers, Publishers and more
Search ASCAP.com
 
Search ASCAP.com

Jazz

ASCAP mourns the passing of Van Alexander, who died on July 19th at the age of 100. Alexander co-wrote and arranged Ella Fitzgerald’s 1938 hit “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” went on to become a leading figure in big band jazz and, later, a top composer and arranger in the world of film and television music.

Between lessons at Juilliard and rehearsals in preparation for an appearance at the Stuttgart Jazzopen Festival next month, composer and pianist Emily delighted the New York employees with a visit that included an intimate solo performance in the ASCAP Lounge.

ASCAP members won big at the 19th annual Jazz Journalists Associan Jazz Awards. Congratulations to all of our winning members! See the full list here.

To honor the legacy of the trailblazing musician, former Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (SJO) Co-Music Director and ASCAP board member, George Duke, the SJO has opened the George Duke Commissioning Prize competition to all direct ASCAP composer members, with a submission deadline of July 17th.

Clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen brings her musical worlds together on her seventh album, Luminosa. The Israeli virtuoso instrumentalist and bandleader draws on her love of jazz, Brazilian classics and Choro, and electronica to create an album that is filled with warm, rich original compositions and inventive covers.

The three packed days of programming includes top speakers and performers as well as over 40 panels on music creation, business, marketing, music placement and more.

Meredith Monk has been a composer, singer, choreographer and creator of new operas, musical theatre works and more for over 50 years. As she celebrates that milestone, she has released Piano Songs, a collection of 12 instrumentals for two pianos, magnificently performed by Bruce Brubaker and Ursula Oppens.

"Songwriters: The Next Generation," a program of The ASCAP Foundation and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, showcased the work of five emerging songwriters and composers on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage on March 25th & 26th.

ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams has announced the recipients of the 2015 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards. The recipients, who receive cash awards, range in age from 16 to 30, and are selected through a juried national competition.

Contemporary jazz songwriter-artist Somi's new album comes after a move from New York to Lagos, Nigeria. The tropical city's cosmopolitan spirit influenced songs that connect her heart, head and heritage, and the album features guest appearances from Angelique Kidjo and Common. Click through to preview it now.

An especially practical, yet thought-provoking Composers Workshop was held at ASCAP, just a few days in advance of a highly anticipated concert that will take place this Saturday, November 15th at 8PM at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center in New York City.

ASCAP Member, composer and bassist Rufus Reid, presented last night at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, NYC, music from his CD release "QUIET PRIDE" in a Five-Movement Suite, inspired by the sculptures of Elizabeth Catlett.

Harold Rosenbaum, ASCAP member and conductor of the New York Virtuoso Singers, presents the launching of World Premieres by 10 Young Composers, introducing Dr. Rosenbaum’s mentorship of ten young composers, each one commissioned to create a new original work for choir.

The winners of the 46th annual ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson Awards for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music have been announced. The winners will be honored at a ceremony on November 12th in NYC.

ASCAP has released the video for "You Belong To Me," created as part of the ASCAP Songwriter Residency. The song was co-written and recorded by chart-topping singer/songwriter Sachal Vasandani and America SCORES NYC students from PS 325.

ASCAP will honor Rep. John Conyers Jr. with its first ever ASCAP Jazz Advocate Award, recognizing his history of public and legislative initiatives for jazz. These initiatives include House Concurrent Resolution 57 (HR 57), and his latest bill, HR 4280: The National Jazz Preservation and Education Act of 2014.