Jazz Aid Fund - San Jose Jazz

Jazz Aid Fund

2021–Ongoing
Uplifting SF Bay Area Musicians by stimulating creativity and providing critically needed funds

2024 Awardees

A panel of arts professionals and enthusiasts has awarded commissioning grants to 20 Bay Area artists. Six of these artists will perform these works ain the 2024 New Works Fest, February 16–March 2. Learn more

Hristo Vitchev

San Jose

Referred by the media as one of the newest and most innovative voices in modern jazz guitar and voted "Rising Star on Guitar" by DownBeat Magazine, Hristo Vitchev’s music has been captivating audiences all across the globe.

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Dahveed Behroozi

San Jose

Pianist and Composer Dahveed Behroozi is a San Jose based musician. His focus is in jazz, classical, and new music. He is an active player both as a leader and sideman in the Bay Area, nationally and internationally.

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Grant Levin

San Francisco

A jazz pianist and composer based in San Francisco. Grant Levin has performed at notable venues such as: SFJAZZ Center, Mildred Owen Concert Hall, Yoshi’s, and Cafe Stritch. He has also appeared at the San Jose, Stanford, Cotati, Benicia, and Fillmore Jazz Festivals.

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RyanNicole

Oakland

RyanNicole is a multi-hyphenate creative and Rainin Fellow who is featured on Alphabet Rockers’ Grammy-nominated album The Love, TEDx San Francisco, & ESPN’s “NBA Christmas” with Daveed Diggs.

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Zavia Valentina

San Jose

From Chile to Canada to California, Zavia Valentina brings music that blends all of her favorite influences. Having studied Bossa Nova and Jazz throughout her life and into university, with a passion for Argentinian Folk and RnB, her sound can't be put in a genre box.

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John L. Worley Jr.

San Jose

John L. Worley, Jr. is a Yamaha Performing trumpet/flugelhorn artist and leader of the Mo-Chi Ensemble. John has played in many of the San Francisco Bay Area’s creative music ensembles, as well as on over 80 recordings and videos.

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Steven Lugerner

San Francisco

Steven Lugerner is a multi-instrumentalist and composer based in San Francisco. As a bandleader, Lugerner leads both SLUGish Ensemble, an amoeba-like ensemble dedicated to original compositions & arrangements in addition to JACKNIFE, a hard-hitting post-bop quintet dedicated to the music of late alto saxophonist Jackie McLean.

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Aki Kumar

San Jose

Aki Kumar left his native home in Mumbai, India for the United States with the intention of working as a software engineer. Then he discovered the sounds of the blues, and his life changed dramatically.

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Lidia Rodriguez

San Jose

Lidia Rodriguez is a Bay Area Multi-woodwind Instrumentalist playing instruments from the flute to the baritone sax, and a few in between. She plays an extensive range of genres in bands all over California.

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Ami Molinelli

San Francisco

Ami Molinelli is an American percussionist and educator specializing in American, Brazilian and Latin percussion. Ami received her Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts. Her performance and recording credits include theater and television (NBC).

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Uriah Duffy

Oakland

Hailing originally from Rhode Island, Uriah cut most of his musical chops in the Oakland Bay Area. Many recognize him as the former bassist of the legendary rock group Whitesnake, but his accomplishments go much further- into the realms of session, live bass work and band direction. 


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Scott Sorkin

San Jose

Scott Sorkin is a Bay Area guitarist, composer, producer, teacher and clinician, and recording engineer who performs and records in styles ranging from jazz, to Brazilian and latin styles, and American roots music.⁣

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Sundra Manning

Oakland

Sundra Manning is a Grammy Award nominated pianist, keyboardist, Hammond B3 Organ Player and producer. Respected for her wide ranging musical versatility, she has recorded, written and performed around the world with many artists.

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Chika Di

San Francisco

Diana Trujillo, known as “Chika Di,” is a rising star who blends traditional Latin, electronic, afro, and pop with powerful Colombian vocals. She has credits on the hit TV shows Euphoria and Generation, and her debut album is set to release in 2023.

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Kia Fay

San Jose

With a magnetic stage presence and a voice that transcends boundaries, Kia Fay infuses all of her projects with soulful authenticity. Her resonant and versatile alto voice lends itself to a diverse array of musical genres, always remaining grounded in jazz-hued tones.

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Marcus Shelby

San Francisco

Marcus Anthony Shelby is a composer, bassist, bandleader, and educator who currently lives in San Francisco, California. His work focuses on the history, present, and future of African American lives, social movements, and music education.

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Marcelo Manriquez

Watsonville

Originally from Watsonville, Marcelo Manriquez is a Mexican-American bassist, guitarist, and composer, deeply influenced by Latin and Brazilian music.

 

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Kelyn Crapp

San Francisco

From Dallas, TX and graduated from the University of North Texas in Denton with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Guitar Performance, Kelyn has played professionally since the age of 16.

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Ayo Brame

Oakland

Ayo Brame is a 16-year-old up and coming tenor saxophone jazz musician out of Oakland, California. He is a student of Jazz Great Richard Howell by way of Oaktown Jazz Workshops.

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Brandon Walters

San Jose

 

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About the Initiative

Conceived as a direct response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Jazz Aid Fund provides direct support to Bay Area musicians and stimulates one of their most important activities—the creation of new work.

Building on a lead gift by Jan DeCarli, SJZ’s Board of Directors established the Fund, providing a grant for each of the selected artists to create a new work. Artists are chosen through recommendations from a broad cross section of the Bay Area music community, including critics, presenters, artists and curators. Since 2021 we have provided 100 Bay Area musicians with $130,000 in grants and performance fees. 

We’ll premiere all of these new works on social media and in our New Works Fest, Feb-Mar 2024. Join our email list to stay up on all developments in the program.

2021 Grantees

Mark Arroyo
Archish Arun
Keshav Batish
Ron E. Beck
Robbie Benson
William Bohrer
Chris Cain
Bobi Céspedes
Giulio Xavier Cetto
Kev Choice
Amy D.
Lee Dynes
Tammy Hall
Brian Ho
James Jackson
Kasey Knudsen
Melecio Magdaluyo
Mild Monk
Ash Maynor
Justin Ouellet
Fernando Barocio Salcedo
Javier Santiago
Ian Santillano
John Santos
Edward Simon
Ten Spencer
Aneesa Strings
Adam Theis
Monique Valenzuela
Claudia Villela
Vân-Ánh Võ
Howard Wiley
Kevin Wong

2022 Grantees

Aaron Germain
ASTU
Ben Goldberg
Bennett Roth-Newell
Brian Sheu
Caroline Chung
Cava Menzies
Chris "Kid" Anderson
Dame Drummer
David Lechuga
Gary Meek
Javier Cabanillas
Jeff Kolhede
Kalil Amar Wilson
Kenya Moses
Kim Nalley
Kristen Strom
Lilan Kane
Michael "Tiny" Lindsey
Mike Auberg
Mike Blankenship
Noah (of Noah and the Arkiteks)
Patrick Wolff
Ren Geisick
Sylvia Cuenca
Valerie Troutt
Juanita Harris

2023 Grantees

Brian Andres
Tiffany Austin
B. DeVeaux
DRUVVY
Essiet Okon Essiet
Frunkyman
Jackie Gage
Kira Hooks
Kava Jah
Martin Luther McCoy
Dawan Muhammad
Destiny Muhammad
Oddity
Tony Peebles
Marcus Phillips
Michelle Pollace
Adam Shulman
Stoney Creation
Skylar Tang
Dillon Vado

“More than anything I think the pandemic has illuminated art as a necessity to our survival and mental health. Music especially is a guiding force and a healing art form.”

– Amy D., grantee

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