ASCAP Foundation Announces Recipients of the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards

The ASCAP Foundation announces the recipients of the 2023 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards. Established in 2002, the program recognizes gifted young jazz composers up to the age of 30. It carries the name of the great trumpeter and ASCAP member Herb Alpert in recognition of The Herb Alpert Foundation’s multi-year financial commitment to the program. The recipients, who receive cash awards, are selected through a juried national competition.

 “We are immensely grateful to the Herb Alpert Foundation for their ongoing support of this program and the cultivation of some of the best young talents in jazz,” said ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams.“Their new takes on this vital American art form are inspiring and show how jazz continues to grow in new and exciting ways.”

The 2023 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award recipients are listed below with their age, current residence and place of origin: 

Nicola Caminiti, age 27 of New York, NY (Messina, Italy); Chase Elodia, age 29 of New York, NY (Norwalk, CT); Samantha Fierke, age 20 of Brookline, MA (Columbus, OH); Dava Giustizia, age 21 of Boston, MA (Surabaya, Indonesia); Yue Han (Moonsita.H), age 27 of Boston, MA (Anshun, China); Joseph Herbst age 27 of New York, NY (Easley, SC); Tammy Huynh, age 27 of New York, NY (Philadelphia, PA); Jack Lanhardt, age 22 of Denton, TX (Corona, CA); Emiliano Lasansky, age 30 of Los Angeles, CA (Iowa City, Iowa); Shane McCandless, age 23 of Rochester, NY (State College, PA); Ben Morris, age 30 of Nacogdoches, TX (Chatham, NJ); Ciara Moser, age 25 of Boston, MA (Vienna, Austria); Daiki Nakajima, age 20 of San Jose, CA (Tokyo, Japan); Denin Slage-Koch, age 27 of Greeley, CO (Richland, WA); and Ben Turner, age 25 of East Lansing, MI (Cherry Hill, NJ). Composers receiving Honorable Mention this year are: Zachary Bornheimer, age 30 of Tampa, FL (Margate, FL); Gabriel Chakarji, age 29 of Queens, NY (Caracas, Venezuela); Ethan Cohn, age 27 of New York, NY; Ariel Sha Glassman, age 27 of Denton, TX (Dublin, OH); Phillip Golub, age 30 of Brooklyn, NY (Los Angeles, CA); Jake Hart, age 26 of Winston-Salem, NC (New City, NY); Anthony Hervey, age 26 of New York, NY (Miami, FL); David Leon, age 29 of Brooklyn, NY (Miami, FL); and David Mirarchi, age 26 of Queens, NY (Scranton, PA). 

The ASCAP composer/judges for the 2023 competition were: Ayn InsertoAruán Ortiz,and Sachal Vasandani