Welcome to the 2 n d Annual
"HOW I FELL IN LOVE WITH JAZZ" VIDEO CONTEST
We are looking for 1-3 minute video diaries detailing how individuals fell in love with jazz music. To enter, simply pull out your recording device and tell us how your passion of jazz came to be.
Be creative as to how you present your story!
YOUR 2021 HOW I FELL IN LOVE WITH JAZZ WINNERS ARE...
GRAND PRIZE WINNER: DREW TUCKER
from Kennesaw, Georgia— a vibes player and educator who prides himself in opening the worldview of his students through jazz. Drew has had the pleasure of watching his daughters fall in love with the art form as well.
2ND PLACE WINNER: SVETLANA SHMULYIAN
from NYC. Svetlana, a singer herself, finds jazz to be an escape and an inspiration to persevere. She was drawn to jazz through the beauty of its expression, and was moved by it so much so that she packed up and moved to a different continent to pursue her dream of being a musician.
GRAND PRIZE - $5,000
2ND PLACE - $2,500
TOP 25 CROWD FAVORITES - $100 EACH
Plus, we donated $50,000 to the Jazz Foundation of America this year to support musicians in need.
Submission Period: October 1, 2021 @ 8 AM ET - January 15, 2022 @ 11:59 PM ET
Voting Period: October 1, 2021 @ 8 AM ET - February 1, 2022 @ 11:59 PM ET
For more details, please see our Official Rules.
**NO REGISTRATION FEE OR PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.
Meet the Finalists
Meet the Judges
Saxophonist, composer, and bandleader. Active since the late 1950s as principal composer for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, a member of Miles Davis’ celebrated ‘60s quintet, and as a solo leader on Blue Note Records, Shorter co-founded the bestselling fusion band Weather Report with Joe Zawinul in 1971. He is the winner of 12 Grammy Awards as a player and writer, including a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. Since 2000, the Wayne Shorter Quartet has performed his symphonic works with such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Photo credit: Daniel Prakopcyk
Drummer, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Jordan has recorded with Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Beyoncé, John Mayer, Buddy Guy, Alicia Keys, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea, to name only a few. He is currently on tour with the Rolling Stones, in the drum chair previously occupied by the late Charlie Watts. He has produced and played on three albums by Keith Richards and the X-Pensive Winos, and has also helmed recordings by Mayer, Guy, Beyoncé, Booker T. & the MG’s, and Bettye Lavette, among others. He co-founded and records with the Verbs for Jay-Vee Records, a musical partnership with his wife Meegan Voss. He captured an Emmy Award for his musical direction of Movies Rock.
Photo credit: Danny Clinch
Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez was born in Havana, Cuba, where he began his musical career at 11 with a deep foundation in rumba and Afro Cuban Yoruba traditions. Since settling in New York City in 1998, Pedrito has recorded or performed with many greats including Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Paquito D’Rivera, Chucho Valdez, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Camila Cabello, and Sting.
Contributing to over 100 albums, Pedrito was also a founding member of the Afro-Cuban/Afro-Beat band, Yerba Buena. In 2008, he formed the The Pedrito Martinez Group. The group’s first album was nominated for a Grammy, as well as among NPR’s Favorite Albums of the Year. In 2019, Pedrito was executive producer on a collaboration with Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, Duologue with Quincy Jones. He also worked on a new version of Eric Clapton’s song, “My Father’s Eyes,” a song that he also performed with Clapton at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas, Texas.
Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen has been praised by Downbeat for his "nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary" he employs to communicate "the deepest level of humanity and individuality." He is the leader of the "Emmet Cohen Trio" and creator of the "Masters Legacy Series."
Emmet Cohen is the winner of the 2019 American Pianists Awards and the Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association, and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis. Cohen has appeared and headlined at the Village Vanguard and other major New York jazz clubs and international jazz festivals. For many years he was Hammond B-3 Organist-in-Residence at Harlem's SMOKE jazz club. During the lockdown he created "Live From Emmet's Place," a weekly livestream that received millions of internet views worldwide.
A Suzuki piano student at age three, Cohen holds jazz piano degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (M.M.) and the University of Miami (B.M.).
Vocalist and composer Andromeda Turre is the founder of Growing Up Jazz, an educational program teaching American History through the lens of Jazz. In addition to performing internationally as a Jazz vocalist, she is also a speaker, host and curator of Jazz events worldwide. The daughter of acclaimed Jazz musicians Steve Turre and Akua Dixon, Andromeda attended the Berklee College of Music and got her first professional job as a Raelette singing with Ray Charles. She has since toured in over 17 countries and her compositions have been used for television, film and video games.