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THE JOHN ABERCROMBIE JAZZ SCHOLARSHIP FUND WELCOMES YOU
The legendary jazz musician John Abercrombie was a gifted guitarist and composer, and he also was an inspiring teacher and mentor. The fund was founded to pay tribute to John's legacy by providing tuition assistance to students based on need and merit. John was a relentless innovator on his instrument, and he was also devoted to encouraging a new generation of exceptional musicians throughout the world. He made our lives a musical feast of unforgettable live performances, compositions, recordings and conversations about music.
Now it’s time to honor his memory by donating to the charitable fund in his name.
Will you join us?
Contributions to the John Abercrombie Jazz Scholarship endowment will provide essential tuition support. To contribute click here.
The John Abercrombie Jazz Scholarship Fund is a 501(c) (3) organization.
JOIN US AT THE BIRDLAND THEATRE IN NYC ON 1.23.20
Its an All-Star Salute to commemorate the anniversary of John Abercrombie's 75th birthday.
Musical director and pianist Marc Copland will direct a program that will feature a full range of compositions featuring John's close musical collaborators and admirers. Birdland was also his favorite place to play, so this has the makings of a very extraordinary evening! Ticket proceeds will benefit the John Abercrombie Jazz Scholarship Foundation (JAJSF)
ANDREAS LASOS-2019 JAJSF GRANT RECIPIENT
Jazz Guitarist from Athens, Greece - Studies at S.U.N.Y Purchase
The JAJSF has selected its first scholarship grant recipient at SUNY Purchase College.
The guitarist’s name is Andreas Lasos and he is enrolled in the Jazz performance program there.
His musical journey initially began with the violin, a love of the blues, then he discovered the music of Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall and John Abercrombie. He is currently working on fusing greek, balkan and middle eastern music with jazz. He studies with Doug Munro and Vic Juris. All submissions were reviewed by a five-judge panel that included Pianist Marc Copland, Guitarists' Bob DeVos and
Rale Micic, Gary Lefkowitz and Lisa Abercrombie.
BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC
Timeless: John Abercrombie Tribute Concert
Berklee Performance Center
October 10th, 2018
Featuring Lage Lund, Joey Baron, Joe Lovano, Ben Street and special guests. Produced by Rick Peckham and Michael Borgida.
New Ringtone Versions of Parable and Telegram available on iTunes!
We are very pleased to announce the availability of iPhone ringtone versions of John's early recordings ‘Parable’ and ‘Telegram’, for iPhone (only/Android versions coming soon. Early on in his career, producer Manfred Eicher shipped John recording equipment in order for him to compose and create his first and only solo guitar recording, released as “Characters”. If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s an acoustic guitar masterwork overdubbed with other stringed instruments such as electric mandolin, each track composed and performed by the virtuoso. This recording opened many doors for John both personally and professionally and its out of print. Ringtone proceeds for Parable and Telegram (after Apple hosting and aggregator fees) go directly to the John Abercrombie Jazz Scholarship Fund, thanks in part to generous grants by ECM as well as John’s estate. They have also been optimized for smartphone audio by Harmonic Fox Sound Design.
Parable Ringtone for iPhone
Telegram Ringtone for iPhone
The New Documentary Film
MEETING JOHN ABERCROMBIE
Filmmakers Arno Oehri and Oliver Primus have produced a fine biographical portrait of John's life and work. Their film entitled "Open Land: Meeting John Abercrombie" is currently being screened at film festivals in the U.S. and Zurich. It will be released as a DVD by ECM Records in the U.S. on August 3rd.
"To be creative and spontaneous, you have to live with imperfection."
Remembering John Abercrombie:
"To Learn, That's Why I Play"
As a remembrance, NPR Radio station KCBX released a gem of an interview from their archives. In this conversation from 2009, which was not intended for air but was just an exploratory interview for pull quotes, Abercrombie talks about how he got started and offers insights into his musical mind as he comments on the tracks from the ECM release, Wait Till You See Her.
"You're just sort of searching for this 'thing' and sometimes you get it and sometimes you don't. All music is imperfect, but in jazz since you're improvising, at least the way I play, I'm trying to follow my train of thought in a solo."
CONTACT THE JOHN ABERCROMBIE JAZZ SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Get in touch with The John Abercrombie Jazz Scholarship Fund to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.