Kennedy Center Announces Attendees for Betty Carter’s 22nd Annual JAZZ AHEAD

The Kennedy Center’s International Jazz Career Development Program has announced the participants for the 22nd annual Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead (BCJA) program. The two-week residency includes training in performance, composition and career development. Led by the Kennedy Center’s Artistic Director for Jazz, Jason Moran, the Jazz Ahead program identifies outstanding emerging jazz artists and composers from their teens to 25s, and brings them together under the guidance of artists/ experienced instructors who mentor and advise them, polishing their performance, composition and arranging skills.

A total of 16 talented young musicians from the United States, Sweden, India, Austria and Canada were selected through a competitive audition process. Six renowned jazz artists join Moran to lead the residency: saxophonist Casey Benjamin, drummer Clarence Penn, pianist Peter Martin, trumpeter Marcus Printup, bassist Christopher Thomas and singer/saxophonist Camille Thurman. For the first time in the history of the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program, participants will interact with pre-professional dancers participating in the Kennedy Center Dance Lab (KCDL). During the first week of the program, Hope Boykin and Jason Moran, Kennedy Center Dance Lab Artistic Lead, will hold two collaborative work sessions exploring the elements of improvisation in both art forms for Jazz Ahead and Jazz Ahead students. Kennedy Center Dance Lab. This year’s program will also include a special student talk between Jason Moran, NYO Jazz Director Sean Jones and singer and Jazz Ahead alumnus Jazzmeia Horn, followed by this year’s attendees attending the National Orchestra young people from Carnegie Hall, NYO Jazz, concert on August 9 at the Théâtre de la Terrasse. The residency will end with two free performances featuring original compositions by young jazz artists on August 11 and 12 at 5 p.m. at the Théâtre de la Terrasse.

Betty Carter Jazz Ahead 2022 attendees

NAME

INSTRUMENT

RESIDENCE

Zach Adelman

Drums

UNITED STATES

Evan Amoroso

Trombone

UNITED STATES

Quinton Cain

Drums

UNITED STATES

Summer Camargue*

Trumpet

UNITED STATES

Loud Melody

Singer

UNITED STATES

Joseph Giordano

Trombone

UNITED STATES

Langston Hugh III

Saxophone

UNITED STATES

Miles Lennox*

Piano

UNITED STATES

Aditi Malhotra

Singer

India

Nicole McCabe

Saxophone

UNITED STATES

Ciara Moser

Low

Austria

Naomi Nakanishi

Piano

UNITED STATES

Ilya Osachuck

Low

Canada

Petter Pankinaho

Trumpet

Sweden

Robert Papacica

Guitar

UNITED STATES

Ben Turner

Guitar

UNITED STATES

*Former NYO Jazz attendees.

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Press release FOR PUBLICATION:
August 1, 2022

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
announces the participants of the
22nd Annual
Jazz in front of Betty Carter
Aspiring jazz musicians take over the Kennedy Center for intensive two-week career development training

The class of 2022 includes 16 artists from five countries around the world

Young musicians will present free performances at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, August 11-12, 2022

(WASHINGTON) — The Kennedy Center’s International Jazz Career Development Program today announced participants for the 22nd annual Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead (BCJA) program. The two-week residency includes training in performance, composition and career development. Led by the Kennedy Center’s Artistic Director for Jazz, Jason Moran, the Jazz Ahead program identifies outstanding emerging jazz artists and composers from their teens to 25s, and brings them together under the guidance of artists/ experienced instructors who mentor and advise them, polishing their performance, composition and arranging skills.

A total of 16 talented young musicians from the United States, Sweden, India, Austria and Canada were selected through a competitive audition process. Six renowned jazz artists join Moran to lead the residency: saxophonist Casey Benjamin, drummer Clarence Penn, pianist Peter Martin, trumpeter Marcus Printup, bassist Christopher Thomas and singer/saxophonist Camille Thurman. For the first time in the history of the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program, participants will interact with pre-professional dancers participating in the Kennedy Center Dance Lab (KCDL). During the first week of the program, Hope Boykin and Jason Moran, Kennedy Center Dance Lab Artistic Lead, will hold two collaborative work sessions exploring the elements of improvisation in both art forms for Jazz Ahead and Jazz Ahead students. Kennedy Center Dance Lab. This year’s program will also include a special student talk between Jason Moran, NYO Jazz Director Sean Jones and singer and Jazz Ahead alumnus Jazzmeia Horn, followed by this year’s attendees attending the National Orchestra young people from Carnegie Hall, NYO Jazz, concert on August 9 at the Théâtre de la Terrasse. The residency will end with two free performances featuring original compositions by young jazz artists on August 11 and 12 at 5 p.m. at the Théâtre de la Terrasse.

Betty Carter Jazz Ahead 2022 attendees

NAME
INSTRUMENT
RESIDENCE
Zach Adelman
Drums
UNITED STATES
Evan Amoroso
Trombone
UNITED STATES
Quinton Cain
Drums
UNITED STATES
Summer Camargue*
Trumpet
UNITED STATES
Loud Melody
Singer
UNITED STATES
Joseph Giordano
Trombone
UNITED STATES
Langston Hugh III
Saxophone
UNITED STATES
Miles Lennox*
Piano
UNITED STATES
Aditi Malhotra
Singer
India
Nicole McCabe
Saxophone
UNITED STATES
Ciara Moser
Low
Austria
Naomi Nakanishi
Piano
UNITED STATES
Ilya Osachuck
Low
Canada
Petter Pankinaho
Trumpet
Sweden
Robert Papacica
Guitar
UNITED STATES
Ben Turner
Guitar
UNITED STATES
*Former NYO Jazz attendees.

About Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Betty Carter founded Jazz Ahead as a vehicle to foster the musical talents of future generations of jazz artists. She originally developed the program in 1993 at 651, an arts center in Brooklyn. In 1997, the late Dr. Billy Taylor (Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz, 1994-2010) invited Carter to bring Jazz Ahead to Washington, D.C. The inaugural class of Kennedy Center Jazz Ahead students performed an unforgettable concert with Carter herself joining them on the stage of the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Jason Moran, then a young pianist from Houston, is selected by Carter to be a student in this first year at the Kennedy Center. Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead had a new home, and Carter was filled with hope for the program’s future. After Carter’s untimely death in September 1998, the Carter family graciously granted the Kennedy Center the opportunity to continue its legacy by making the program an annual Kennedy Center event.

Distinguished Betty Carter Jazz Ahead alumni include pianists Jason Moran, Matthew Whitaker and Aaron Parks; guitarist Lage Lund; trombonist Andre Hayward; bassist Ameen Saleem; violinist Miri Ben-Ari; singers Charenee Wade and Jazzmeia Horn; saxophonists Marcus Strickland, Grace Kelly and Jon Irabagon, and drummer Jamison Ross, among others.

About Jazz at the Kennedy Center

Kennedy Center Jazz, under the direction of Artistic Director Jason Moran, showcases legendary artists who have helped shape the art form, artists emerging on the jazz scene, and innovative multidisciplinary projects throughout the year. Annual Kennedy Center jazz events include the professional development residency program for young artists, Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead; A Jazz Piano Christmas from NPR, the Kennedy Center holiday tradition shared by millions across the country via broadcast on NPR; and the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, established in 1996 by the late Dr. Billy Taylor (Artistic Director of the Kennedy Center for Jazz, 1994-2010).

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