I am extremely honored and proud to be a winner in the 2010 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composers Awards.  This marks the second time I have won the award (as well as having twice twice received Honorable Mention).  I submitted my latest jazz composition, “somehow it seems to help” which was premiered by a wonderful group of musician peers, and now good friends, at the 2009 Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead concert at the Kennedy Center.  You can watch a video of that performance in a previous post, and I’m happy to make this song available for download right here in this post.  I hope you enjoy it!

From the press release:

This program, established in 2002, was created to encourage gifted jazz composers from throughout the United States. The recipients, who receive cash awards, range in age from 15 to 29, and are selected through a juried national competition. The ASCAP composer/judges for the 2010 competition were: Wycliffe Gordon, Rufus Reid and Henry Threadgill.