The Morroe Berger – Benny Carter Jazz Research Fund at The Institute of Jazz Studies
Each year the Institute of Jazz Studies awards up to ten grants of $1,000 each to assist jazz researchers. Half of the awards are designated for students in the Rutgers-Newark Master’s Program in Jazz History and Research and half are awarded to scholars from other institutions or unaffiliated researchers to enable them to visit IJS in conjunction with their projects.
This endowment was established in 1987 with a gift by composer/arranger/multi-instrumentalist Benny Carter (1907-2003) in memory of Morroe Berger. Berger, a close friend and Carter’s biographer, was a professor of sociology at Princeton University until his death in 1981. Carter’s initial gift was matched by the Berger family, who asked that Carter’s name be added to the Fund’s title. Carter, his wife Hilma, and other donors have regularly added to the endowment over the years. To date, over 125 awards have been given to scholars and students worldwide working in a variety of disciplines, including jazz history, musicology, bibliography and discography. For information on past Berger Carter Fellows please follow this link.
2016 Berger-Carter Fellows
The pioneering Master’s Program in Jazz History and Research at Rutgers University-Newark was founded and is directed by Professor Lewis Porter. Program students receiving grants this year and their research topics are:
* Cherise Renée Harris: Social Music is Jazz Evolved and Rediscovered: An Introspective Analysis of Jon Batiste and Stay Human
* Leslie K. Haynes: The Nonagenarian - Roy Haynes: The First 45 Years
* Paul N. Kahn: Bandleader/pianist Luis Russell
* Matt Lavelle: Saxophonists Paul Gonsalves, Ornette Coleman, and Giuseppi Logan: common threads
* Michael Li: Louis Armstrong’s and Earl Hines’ collaborations in the late 1920s
This year’s outside scholar-awardees (with their affiliations and topics) are:
* Michael Allemana (Musician/educator/Ph.D candidate, University of Chicago): Saxophonist Von Freeman
* Lawrence Davies (Blues researcher/Ph.D candidate, King’s College, London): Blues singer Victoria Spivey within the context of contemporary race and gender politics
* Matthew Nelson Holman (Musician/educator/DMA candidate, Manhattan School of Music): Compositional and improvisatory integration in the Jimmy Giuffre 3
* Alyssa Mehnert (Conductor/educator/Ph.D. candidate, University of Cincinnati Conservatory): McKinney’s Cotton Pickers - business practices, musical style, and popular reception
* Brian F. Wright (Educator/Ph.D candidate (musicology), Case Western Reserve): The electric bass, jazz, and the stigmatization of musical practice.
Congratulations!!! The next call for applications will be announced in August, 2017.