December 10, 2003

36th ANNUAL ASCAP DEEMS TAYLOR AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

New York, NY …December 5, 2003. The American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers honored the winners of the 36th Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music at a special reception on December 4th at the Walter Reade Theatre in New York City. Over the years, tens of thousands of dollars have been distributed in cash prizes to winning authors, journalists and broadcast producers and personalities.

The ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award honored the WFMT Radio & WFMT Radio Network host & producer Steve Robinson for innovative music programming. Cited in the Television Broadcast category are Live By Request and A&E Television Networks (A&E Executive Producer, Delia Fine; A&E Producer, Emilio Nunez; Creator, Tony Bennett; Executive Producer/Creator, Danny Bennett; Executive Producer/Creator, Paul Rappaport; Executive Producer, Andy Kadison; Executive Producer, Jodi Hurwitz; and Supervising Producer, Mitch Maketansky). The ASCAP Deems Taylor Internet Award honors the outstanding web site, All Music Guide (www.allmusicguide.com), an Alliance Entertainment company.

The Timothy White Award for Outstanding Musical Biography cited Richard Sudhalter for his book, Stardust Melody: The Life and Music of Hoagy Carmichael, published by Oxford University Press. This award was established last year to honor the memory of Billboard Magazine editor Timothy White, who passed away in early 2002. Mr. White was himself a former Deems Taylor recipient, and was the writer of acclaimed biographies of Bob Marley, Brian Wilson, and James Taylor. White's widow, Judith Garlan, was on hand to make the presentation to Sudhalter. In addition, folk/jug band legend Jim Kweskin and vocalist Samoa Wilson performed two Carmichael classics ‚ "Lazybones" and "Star Dust."

The authors and publishers of the six books who were honored are:

  • Alfred Appel Jr. for Jazz Modernism: From Ellington and Armstrong to Matisse and Joyce, by Alfred A. Knopf, Publishers
  • Larry Hicock for Castles Made of Sound: The Story of Gil Evans, by Da Capo Press.
  • Lise A. Waxer for The City of Musical Memory: Salsa, Record Grooves and Popular Culture in Cali, Colombia, by Wesleyan University Press.
  • Charles M. Joseph for Stravinsky and Balanchine: A Journey of Invention, by Yale University Press.
  • Arthur Berger for Reflections of an American Composer, by The University of California Press.
  • Allen Shawn for Arnold Schoenberg's Journey, by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc.
  • Michael Hicks for Henry Cowell: Bohemian, by University of Illinois Press.

The ten writers and editors of journal, magazine and newspaper articles, program notes and/or liner notes and their respective publishers who were honored are:

  • Alan Light for his three articles, "The Missing," published in the New Yorker, "Song of Solomon," in GQ and "Behind Blue Eyes," in Spin.
  • Eli Attie for his three articles, "Paul and George, Yesterday Meets Tomorrow," "Notes from the Velvet Underground," "Emitt Rhodes: Lost & Found," by published by The Washington Post.
  • Ashley Kahn for his liner notes, "John Coltrane: A Love Supreme," issued by Verve Music Group.
  • Jim Dulzo for his article, “Music Mental Illness Prison,” published by JazzTimes.
  • Laurence Hobgood for his article, “The Art of the Trio,” published in the JVC Jazz Festival Program – New York.
  • Austin Clarkson and David Holzman for their article, “Stefan Wolpe: Compositions for Piano,” issued by Bridge Records, Inc.
  • Mark Gresham for his article, “Sounds Like Home,” published in Creative Loafing.
  • Clarke Bustard for his article, “A Case for Early Music Education,” published in The Richmond Times-Dispatch.
  • Ralph P. Locke for his article, “What Chopin (and Mozart and Others) Heard: Folk, Popular, Functional, and Non-Western Music in the Classic/Romantic Survey Course,” published by Ashgate Publishing Ltd.
  • Lewis Rowell for his article, “New Temporal Horizons and the Theory of Music,” published by University of Nebraska Press.

Winning author Arthur Berger, who passed away in October at the age of 91, was represented at the ceremony by his widow, Ellen. Professor Berger was remembered with a performance of his Duo for Cello and Piano, played by cellist Allen Alexander and pianist Trudy Chan.

In addition, ASCAP Deems Taylor Special Recognition Awards were presented to Jim O'Neal and Amy Van Singel for their book The Voice of the Blues: Classic Interviews, from Living Blues Magazine, published by Routledge; Steve Reich for his book Writings on Music 1965 - 2000, published by Oxford University Press; Jon Garelick for his article, "Giving Jazz the Business: Can Major Labels Make the Music Pop?" published in The Boston Phoenix; and Douglas McLennan for ArtsJournal.com.

The members of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards Panel are Charles Dodge, Julie Flanders, Deborah Frost, John Wesley Harding, Larry John McNally, Richard Miller, Frank Oteri, Paul Moravec, and Matthew Shipp.

Established in 1914, ASCAP is the world's largest performing- right organization, with over 170,000 composer, lyricist and music publisher members. ASCAP is committed to protecting the rights of its members by licensing and collecting royalties for the public performance of their copyrighted works, and then distributing these fees to the Society's members based on performances. ASCAP's repertory spans the entire spectrum of music from pop to symphonic, rock to gospel, Latin to country to jazz, rhythm and blues, theater, film and television music. ASCAP's Board of Directors is made up solely of writers and publishers, elected by the membership.