Monday, January 16, 2017

$15,000 In Jazz Scholarships To Be Awarded by Bob Washington Jazz Scholarship Award Program

The Bob Washington 2017 Jazz Scholarship Program

The Jazz Lovers’ and More Jazz Clubs of the Villages, Florida, announce the 7th annual Bob Washington Jazz Scholarship Award Program competition for jazz instrumentalists and vocalists who are high school seniors, college freshmen, or sophomores. We are keenly interested in those potential applicants who are determined to advance their contribution to the preservation and evolution of what is generally accepted, and defined, as “straight ahead” jazz music.

This year’s program will consist of six awards, totaling $15,000 as follows:
First place:                     $ 3,500
Second place:                $ 3,000
Third place:                    $ 2,500
Fourth place:                 $ 2,000
Fifth place:                     $ 1,500
Sixth place:                    $ 1,000
Seventh place:             $    750
Eighth place:                $    750

The funds will be disbursed directly to the school or equipment provider as warranted after proper documentation has been completed. (Please see attachment.)

The finals will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the Laurel Manor Recreation Center in The Villages. A rhythm section of professional musicians will be provided. Finalists  will only be selected from CD’s to be submitted by the applicants. (Please see the attached application form.) While there are no specifications as to the diversity of the recorded material to be submitted, applicants should be aware that at least two selections of different tempos are desired. In addition, applications must be supplemented by at least one “Letter of Reference” from a credible individual attesting to the applicant’s musicianship, character, and seriousness of the intention to the continuation of jazz studies. The references may be forwarded separately.

The Bob Washington Jazz Scholarship Committee, representing nearly 1000 members of The Jazz Lovers’ and More Jazz Clubs of The Villages,  will appreciate sincerely your efforts to support this program by giving it wide dissemination.

Please respond with any questions or requests for more information to Walter Griffith   at

Thank you.
Walter T. Griffith, President

Jazz Lovers' Club of The Villages     

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