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), … [Read more...]