The online competition, open to the public, offers cash prizes to 27 finalists: a $ 5,000 grand prize and a $ 2,500 second prize – both doubles from last year’s grants – and 25 ‘public favorite’ awards from $ 100 each – for the best one to three minute video diary, explaining how jazz fans and players developed their love for America’s native musical art form. Registrations are opened by November 30, and the public vote will take place by December 31st at www.savagecontent.com.
Savage Content was started last year by an entrepreneur Kent Wild to foster a deeper understanding and involvement in jazz and other arts and entertainment. Along with the creation of the site, the Kent and Martha Savage Family Foundation made generous donations to the Jazz Foundation of America’s COVID-19 Musicians Emergency Fund, the non-profit organization established last year to serve musicians in need after the pandemic lockdown rocked the touring and recording industries.
Kent Wild: âWhen we launched How I Fell in Love with Jazz last year, I was so inspired by the creativity and passion that emanated from the videos submitted to us. As we continue to face many challenges, I hope the great music will continue to uplift it and look forward to seeing the 2021 submissions. “
As it did last year, Savage Content recruited a distinguished group of jazz professionals to judge the “How I Fell in Love with Jazz” submissions after the competition closed in late December. The 2021 judges are:
- Wayne shorter, saxophonist, composer and conductor. Active since the late 1950s as lead composer for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, member of Miles Davis’ celebrated the ’60s quintet and as a solo frontman on Blue Note Records, Shorter co-founded the successful fusion band Weather Report with Joe Zawinul in 1971. He won 12 Grammy Awards as a player and writer, including one 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. Since 2000, the Wayne Shorter Quartet has performed his symphonic works with orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
- Steve jordan, drummer, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Jordan recorded with Bruce springsteen, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Neil young, Beyonce, John mayer, boyfriend guy, Alicia Keys, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea, to name a few. He is currently on tour with the Rolling Stones, in the drum chair previously occupied by the late Charlie watts. He has produced and performed on three albums of Keith richards and the X-Pensive Winos, and has also conducted recordings of Mayer, Guy, BeyoncÃ©, Booker T. & the MG’s, and Betty lavette, among others. He co-founded and recorded with the Verbs for Jay-Vee Records, a musical partnership with his wife Meegan voss. He won an Emmy Award for his musical direction from Rock Movies.
- Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez, drummer, percussionist, singer, conductor and composer. Born in Havana, Cuba, where he began his musical career at the age of 11, conguero Martinez is a leader in Afro-Cuban jazz. He emigrated to new York in 1998, and recorded or performed with stars such as Wynton marsalis, Paul Simon, Paquito D’Rivera, Chucho Valdez, Bruce springsteen, Elton john, Camila Cabello, and Sting. After co-founding famed band Yerba Buena, he formed his band Pedrito Martinez in 2008. He received four Grammy Award nominations for his Latin and classical jazz crossover releases.
- Emmet cohen, pianist and composer. Cohen is the leader of the Emmet Cohen Trio and creator of the Masters Legacy series, and has collaborated with titans such as Jimmy cobb, Ron carter, Benny Golson, Tootie Heath, and George coleman. He won the 2019 American Pianists Awards and was a Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association and Artist in Residence at the Indianapolis University. Cohen made headlines at Village Vanguard and other greats new York international jazz venues and festivals. During the 2020 pandemic lockdown, he created âLive From Emmet’s Place,â a weekly livestream that received millions of internet views around the world.
- Andromeda Turre, singer and songwriter. Turre is the founder of Growing Up Jazz, an educational program teaching American history through the prism of jazz. In addition to performing internationally as a jazz singer, she is also a speaker, host and curator of jazz events around the world. The daughter of acclaimed jazz musicians Steve TurrÃ© and Akua Dixon, Andromeda attended the Berklee College of Music and got her first professional job as a singer Raelette with Ray charles. She has since toured in over 17 countries and her compositions have been used for television, film and video games. She won Savage Content’s inaugural “How I Fell in Love with Jazz” competition in 2020.
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