Yesterday, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation announced the
recipients of its 2014 Performing Artist Awards, including 13
jazz and improvising musicians, who will receive at least $1.7
million in unrestricted grants in total.
The awards were given in two tiers. Six jazz musicians were
given Doris Duke Artist Awards, worth an unrestricted grant of
$225,000 over a 3-5 year period, with the potential to earn an
additional $50,000. They include alto saxophonist Oliver Lake,
alto saxophonist Steve Lehman, multiple woodwind player Roscoe
Mitchell, harpist Zeena Parkins, pianist Craig Taborn and
pianist Randy Weston.
|Randy Weston and His African Rythms in Zaragoza 2011 - Spain|
Seven jazz musicians were given Doris Duke Impact Awards, worth
an unrestricted grant of $60,000 over 2-3 years plus the
potential of an extra $20,000. They include pianist Muhal Richard
Abrams, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, alto saxophonist Steve
Coleman, guitarist Ben Monder, pianist Aruán Ortiz, alto saxophonist Matana Roberts and
vocalist Jen Shyu.
vocalist Jen Shyu.
All Doris Duke Artist Award winners have won at least three
designated national grants or fellowships over the past 10 years,
including one which was funded by the Doris Duke Charitable
Foundation. Artist Awards are given to what the organization
calls "generative" artists — those who often create new works — and
as such, highly favoring jazz performers who are also noted composers.
By comparison, the recipients of Doris Duke Impact Awards were
nominated by previous winners of Doris Duke Artist Awards. They may be
either "generative" or "interpretive" artists, meaning that musicians
who are not necessarily known as composers may receive the prize.
Doris Duke Charity Foundation and Latin America
Jazz musicians from Latin America, such as Edward Simon (Venezuela) and
Jovino Santos Neto (Brazil), both pianists, composers, have been
supported by Doris Duke Foundation Charity of different forms:
scholarships, production works, projects, awards, etc.
Now is the time to Aruan Ortiz. Within the select group of award-winning
jazz musicians highlights the young Cuban Aruan Ortiz, who has shown the
talent and ability that leads to rapid development. Today is one of the
leading figures of contemporary jazz and latin jazz.
Ortiz We know from his work on "The Cumbanchero" with flutist Mark
Weinstein, where besides running the piano arrangements performed that
earned him accolades.