James Moody Jazz Scholarship for New Jersey

CONGRATULATION TO OUR 2022 SCHOLAR, RYOMA TAKENAGA!

2022 James Moody Jazz Scholarship of New Jersey Winner
On behalf of Linda Moody, Artistic Director Christian McBride and JAZZ HOUSE Kids Vice President of Jazz Education present the 2022 JAMES MOODY JAZZ SCHOLARSHIP for NEW JERSEY award to Ryoma Takenaga on the MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL stage

About the James Moody Jazz Scholarship

The James Moody Jazz Scholarship for New Jersey recognizes an outstanding high school senior who embodies the qualities that NEA Jazz Master James Moody expressed through his life and music. The scholarship seeks to foster the qualities of this jazz icon — musicianship, creativity, leadership and community involvement.

According to Linda Moody, “This scholarship would be an immense source of pride for Moody. He fondly recalled growing up in Newark and was always thrilled when he could provide aspiring musicians with the resources he never had. Moody’s enormous presence will always be with us.”

James Moody Scholarship Award
2018 Winner Caelan Cardello with Linda Moody, Nathan Eklund, Melissa Walker + Christian McBride (Photo: Richard Conde)

SCHOLARSHIP SELECTION COMMITTEE

Scholarship administrator: Community Foundation of New Jersey

past winners of the James Moody Jazz Scholarship of New Jersey
Moody Scholars Jalin Silver, Andrew Wagner and Birsa Chatterjee performing on the Blue Note at Sea stage at the MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL Downtown Jamboree, September 10, 2022.

PAST MOODY AWARD RECIPIENTS:

2015 Birsa Chatterjee – Tenor Saxophone
2016 Iyonna Herbert – Drums
2017 Andrew Wagner – Trumpet
2018 Caelan Cardello – Piano
2019 Jalin Shiver – Alto saxophone
2020 Rayner Perez – Trombone
2021 Paul Reinhold – Bass
2022 Ryoma Takenaga

QUESTIONS? Please contact SCHOLARSHIP@JAZZHOUSEKIDS.ORG or 973-744-2273.

James Moody Winners
Andrew Wagner, Jaylin Silver, Linda Moody and Caelan Cardello (Photo: Richard Conde)

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY

  • GPA of 2.5 or higher strongly preferred Graduating senior (2022) in the State of New Jersey
  • Strong musical aptitude Student will be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies at a college/university within the United States
  • Demonstrated financial need

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

  • Professional level instrument, donated by RS BERKELEY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
  • NEW! $10,000 (lump sum) award is paid directly to the college or university where the winner will attend

IMPORTANT 2023 DATES

  • APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE: TBD
  • AWARD NOTIFICATION: TBD
  • AWARD CEREMONY: TBD