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Gold Coast Jazz Society’s Jeanette M. Russell Jazz Scholarships Available for Students

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The Gold Coast Jazz Society has jazz scholarships available from the Society’s Jeanette M. Russell Jazz Scholarship Fund for the 2009-2010 school year. Jazz students who meet application criteria will be asked to perform in a final competition on Saturday, April 18, 2009, held at the Dillard Center for the Arts at Dillard High School. Applications for this round of scholarship awards are due on March 13, 2009 to the Gold Coast Jazz Society. Scholarship applications, guidelines and competition information may be downloaded online at

In the past six years, the Gold Coast Jazz Society has distributed over $200,000 in scholarships awards to students wishing to pursue an education in music with an emphasis in jazz studies. Applicants must be economically disadvantaged Florida residents who are graduating high school seniors, high school students or middle school students. Currently enrolled college students from local colleges or universities majoring in music with a jazz emphasis or majoring in jazz may also apply. Students must plan to study jazz at summer camps, jazz institutes, colleges or universities.

Affectionately known as “Lady Jazz,” Jeanette Russell was a longtime supporter of jazz and of the Gold Coast Jazz Society. “Her legacy has expanded our goal to educate young people about the cultural significance of this uniquely American music,” said Leonard Robbins, board member of the Gold Coast Jazz Society.

Originally from New York City, Ms. Russell was a fashion designer and consultant to prominent clients, one of whom was John Hammond, a jazz promoter and producer who introduced Russell to Benny Goodman. At his urging she became involved in the jazz scene in New York and became intimate friends with jazz musicians, record producers and writers. Mona Hinton, wife of famed bassist Milt Hinton, dubbed her “Lady Jazz.”

The Gold Coast Jazz Society is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of jazz music through a mainstage concert series, a jazz festival, free community concerts and an education program. For information, call 954-524-0805.

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Pam Dearden Executive Director
Gold Coast Jazz Society
1350 E. Sunrise Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304
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