Guggenheim’s seven jazz-related winners

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation last week announced recipients in the U.S. and Canada of 180 fellowships from nearly 3000 applicants. Fellows in this 85th year of the program include seven who are jazz-related: composer-pianists Billy Childs (winner of two Grammies in 2006), Ryan Cohan (Chicago-based, in trumpeter Orbert Davis’s ensembles) and Chuck Owen (prof of jazz studies at University of South Florida, Tampa), trumpeter-composer-educator Wadada Leo Smith (of the AACM, a professor at California Institute of the Arts), professors Thomas Brothers (a Louis Armstrong expert at Duke University) and Ingrid Monson (Harvard’s Quincy Jones Professor of African-American music) and choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar of the dance troupe Urban Bush Women

No information about the no-strings financial awards connected to the fellowship is available, but the one-time grants last year were reported to be in the neighborhood of $35,000. Congrats to all.

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