Whether it's Dixieland, Swing, Big Band, Bebop, Fusion or Avant-garde, ASCAP members represent the rich heritage of jazz... From musical legends Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Benny Carter, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Erroll Garner, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Billy Strayhorn, Billy Taylor and Teddy Wilson to living giants Ornette Coleman, Quincy Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Marian McPartland, Arturo Sandoval to those shaping the future such as Charlie Hunter, Marc Ribot, Maria Schneider, Matthew Shipp and John Zorn.
The cultural importance of jazz has been celebrated at ASCAP with the installation of the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame at the Society's New York City headquarters. Since 1997, the names of more than three dozen legends of jazz have been inscribed on the wall at ceremonies attended by leaders of the jazz world and the families of the honorees.
We also support the emerging jazz creators whose vision and daring inspire the future. We commission established and emerging jazz composers; host Jazz workshops and panels; and support organizations such as the Jazz Foundation of America and Jazz Educators Network.