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Next Jazz Legacy program announces its first awardees

courtesy of New Music USA

Next Jazz Legacy is a new national apprenticeship program for women and non-binary improvisers in jazz. The first seven participants have been selected to receive personalized apprenticeships and financial support.

Focused on increasing opportunities for the musicians most underrepresented in the art form, Next Jazz Legacy is a three-year national program launched by New Music USA and the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice.

Although there has been some forward movement, an analysis of a recent (2019) NPR Jazz Critics Poll shows that 58% of new albums had no women musicians at all. Only 16% had any women as core band personnel, and of the critics contributing to the poll, only 7% were women.

Next Jazz Legacy amplifies and addresses the need for all the masters of jazz to contribute to a more equitable jazz future.

With major funding from the The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Next Jazz Legacy will invest in the seven awardees through personalized apprenticeships, financial support, and a mission to inspire lasting change.

Next Jazz Legacy Awardees

Ivanna Cuesta-Drums
Apprenticeship with Esperanza Spalding
Creative Mentorship with Wayne Shorter

Lexi Hamner-Voice & Trombone
Apprenticeship with Tia Fuller
Creative Mentorship with Bobby McFerrin

Keyanna Hutchinson-Guitar
Apprenticeship with Lizz Wright
Creative Mentorship with Brandon Ross

Alexis Lombre-Piano
Apprenticeship with Marcus Miller
Creative Mentorship with Georgia Anne Muldrow

Anastassiya Petrova-Piano & Organ
Apprenticeship with Chris Potter
Creative Mentorship with Kris Davis

Loke Risberg-Guitar
Apprenticeship with Linda May Han Oh
Creative Mentorship with Bill Stewart

Kalia Vandever-Trombone
Apprenticeship with Mary Halvorson
Creative Mentorship with Jen Shyu

Originally from Detroit, Robin Lloyd has been presenting jazz, blues and Latin jazz on public radio for nearly 40 years. She's a member of the Jazz Education Network and the Jazz Journalists Association.