The ASCAP Foundation Honors Emerging Jazz Composers Žan Tetičkovič and Annie Booth

June 2, 2017

Photo:  left, Žan Tetičkovič; right, Annie Booth

New York, NY, June 2, 2017:  The ASCAP Foundation announces that it will honor two young jazz composers for their outstanding talent: Žan Tetičkovič is the recipient of the Johnny Mandel Prize, and Annie Booth is the recipient of the Phoebe Jacobs Prize.  Composer/drummer, producer and educator Žan Tetičkovič  (aka Jean John), hails from Slovenia and resides in New York City. Annie Booth is a Denver- based jazz band leader, composer/pianist, arranger and educator. The recipients of the prizes are selected by a judging panel from among the 2017 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award winners.  

Johnny Mandel, a film and TV composer, arranger and jazz musician, and his wife Martha established The ASCAP Foundation Johnny Mandel Prize in 2013 to further the career of an aspiring jazz composer. Mandel is the composer of “The Shadow of Your Smile,” the Oscar and Grammy Award-winning theme from the 1965 film, The Sandpiper. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award, Mandel also composed the theme for the classic film and television program, M*A*S*H*, among many more notable film scores.  Previous recipients of the Johnny Mandel Prize include: Pascal LeBoeuf, Erica Seguine, Zac Zinger and Chris Zuar.

Žan Tetičkovič, born in Ptuj, Slovenia, is a 2015 graduate of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.  As a recipient of Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Awards, Zan has performed at renowned festivals and venues with notable artists and acts around the world. On June 16 at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, he releases his debut album, The Port of Life, a unique audio-visual experience inspired by a personal story of immigration and acculturation. The 80-minute long suite is divided into eight movements/psychological stages in which the listener transforms into a soul of an immigrant on a journey of emotional flux trying to find and establish their existence in a new culture. Tetičkovič draws inspirations for his compositions from global issues for his world music project Balchemy and is currently composing his first “climate change” classical symphony.  He has also been commissioned by the National Theater of Slovenia to compose an opera about islamophobia entitled Alamut, which is set to premiere in 2020. With his new trio, featuring pianist Emmet Cohen and bassist Russell Hall, he plans to release a second record later this year, A Love Lane Nocturne.

The ASCAP Foundation Phoebe Jacobs Prize was established to honor the memory and work of Phoebe Jacobs, a long-time jazz advocate and publicist who was committed to music education and nurturing aspiring composers and musicians. Previous recipients of the Phoebe Jacobs Prize are: Colleen Clark, Sara McDonald and Camille Thurman.

Jacobs Prize winner Annie Booth received her education at the University of Colorado-Boulder (B.M. in Jazz Studies) in 2011. She has been an active force on the Denver jazz scene as both a leader of her own group (the Annie Booth Trio) and as a busy sidewoman. Booth has performed internationally, most recently on tour in Mexico with the Greg Gisbert Quartet in the summer of 2016 as part of the New York Jazz All-Stars Series. In addition to being named a recipient of The ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers’ Award, Booth was named “Best in Denver” in the jazz genre by Denver’s Westword magazine in 2015 and 2016; and was featured as part of Jazz 89.3 KUVO’s “30-under-30.” Booth released her debut album of original compositions, Wanderlust, in 2014 to much acclaim and most recently released a live album from the Annie Booth Sextet, Abundance. She teaches through a Denver-based non-profit organization, The Colorado Conservatory For The Jazz Arts. 

About The ASCAP Foundation

Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs, and public service projects for senior composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States.


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