The ASCAP Foundation has announced that composer and trumpeter Michael R. Dudley Jr., one of 21 winners of this year’s ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards, will perform at the 2022 Newport Jazz Festival.
Dudley and his trio members, Eliza Salem (drums) and Robert Papacica (guitar), will perform on the Foundation Stage at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, July 31. This is the sixth year that the two organizations have partnered to promote jazz talent. The Newport Jazz Festival, one of the most respected jazz showcases in the world, takes place at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI July 29-31.
Williams said: “We are always delighted that one of our Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award winners has the opportunity to perform at the Festival and share their music with such grateful jazz fans. The Festival is a showcase incredibly visible for jazz talent and are grateful to us at the Newport Festivals Foundation for working with us to support this art form that we all love so much.”
Christian McBride said, “Congratulations to Michael R. Dudley Jr, one of this year’s winners of the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards, who will be with us in Newport. I can’t wait to see him perform with his trio on the Foundation stage! “
Michael R. Dudley Jr., recipient of the 2022 ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award, is a composer and trumpeter who focuses on exploring emotion, ideology, and imagery in music. After studying music production at the College Conservatory of Music in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dudley then combined his passions for production and performance by studying jazz trumpet at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. through the Harry Glantz Memorial Scholarship and Henry Mancini Scholarship. He credits his relationships with his family, peers and mentors, as well as his current community in Potsdam, NY, as inspirations for creating music to make the world a better place, one listener at a time.
The Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards were established by the ASCAP Foundation in 2002 to encourage gifted jazz composers up to the age of 30. The program is named after the great trumpet player and ASCAP member Herb Alpert in recognition of the multi-year financial commitment to support this unique program.
About the ASCAP Foundation
Founded in 1975, the ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. These include songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, community recognition and outreach programs, and public service projects for senior composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and music lovers around the world. www.ascapfoundation.org
About the Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.
Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by George Wein in 2010 to develop and continue the legacy of the renowned Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival. Under the auspices of the Foundation, the Newport Jazz Festival presents performers who respect and honor the traditions of jazz music, and at the same time reflect the changes in musical trends today. The Foundation offers programs to educate young people about jazz music as presented at the annual festival. For more information visit https://cloud.broadwayworld.com/rec/ticketclick.cfm?fromlink=2187282®id=79&articlelink=https%3A%2F%2Fnewportfestivals.org?utm_source=BWW2022&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=article&utm_content=bottombuybutton1 .