United States Artists' Fellowship Award

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Wednesday January 17, 2018

From United States Artists

2018 Fellows

We believe in artists and their essential role in our society. Each year, we award up to fifty $50,000 unrestricted fellowships to the most compelling artists working and living in the United States, in all disciplines, at every stage of their career. This award recognizing artists for their contributions to the field, and allowing them to decide how to best support their lives.

Recipients Include…

Terence Blanchard
Trumpeter & Composer

Terence Blanchard is one of the most influential jazz musicians of his generation and has established himself as a member of a jazz legacy that shapes the contours of modern jazz today. Blanchard, a top-tier jazz trumpeter, is a four-time Grammy winner with over 30 albums and 50 film scores to his credit and has composed for Broadway, opera and children’s theatre. Blanchard’s dedication to jazz education is unwavering. As the artistic director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s jazz series, he curates concerts and participates in educational programs and community forums. He is also an artist in residence at the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he works with students on artistic development, musical arranging, and composition. Blanchard gives master classes around the world and works with communities in his beloved hometown of New Orleans.

Danilo Peréz
Pianist & Composer

Danilo Pérez is a Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer, educator, and a leading exponent of Global Jazz. His music is a blend of Panamanian roots with elements of Latin American folk music, jazz, European impressionism, African, and other musical heritages that promote music as a multi-dimensional bridge between people. He has released 11 albums, which have earned him critical acclaim, multiple Grammy nominations, and numerous awards.

As a composer, Pérez was awarded commissions from Carnegie Hall, the Banff Centre, the Chicago and Detroit Jazz Festivals, Imani Winds, Lincoln Center, Toronto 2015 Pan Am games, and the Museum of Biodiversity in Panama. He has collaborated with Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Wynton Marsalis, Lizz Wright, Steve Lacy, and Jack Dejohnette. In 2000, Pérez joined Wayne Shorter to form Shorter’s great quartet along with John Patitucci and Brian Blade. In 2016, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Panama. Currently, he serves as Cultural Ambassador to the Republic of Panama and a UNESCO Artist for Peace. Pérez is the founder and artistic director of both the Panama Jazz Festival and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, and is a Yamaha Artist.

Read more about the fellowship and other recipients here