The Kiewit-Wang Mentorship Award is given to high school students who show excellence in musicianship as jazz instrumentalists. Candidates who have participated in Jazz Links programs (including Artist Residency Schools, Student Council members, and Jazz Ambassadors) compete by auditioning. Recipients are awarded free music lessons with a Chicago jazz musician of their choice.
Since the program began, 25 young musicians have been mentored and inspired by professional jazz musicians, including:
Our focus on linking the generations through mentorship is at the very heart of the nature and tradition of jazz and is embedded in everything that we do at the Jazz Institute of Chicago.
Applications are released annually in June.
Bass, Kenwood Academy High School, Sophomore
Mentor: Josh Ramos
“I would like to become more proficient in playing improvisational music, expand my repertoire, improve my electric bass technique, and play in new ensembles. I plan to begin playing upright bass this summer so that I will have a good technical foundation for the remainder of high school and for my future musical endeavors.”
Alto Saxophone, Jones College Prep, Sophomore
Mentor: Greg Ward
“I would like to revolutionize the world’s music in some way. I want to continue to grow in all aspects of music so that I can contribute my originality and uniqueness to the dialogue of creative music.”
Drums, Addison Trail High School, Junior
Mentor: Ernie Adams
“I love Jazz. It’s such a free art form that can take you to different locations. Jazz has impacted my life in so many ways. I know that Jazz is something I want to do for the rest of my life…My goal is to travel the world spreading love, peace, and unity with my music.”
Trumpet, Whitney Young High School
Drums, Lincoln Park High School
Piano, Rickover Naval Academy
Bass, Lincoln Park High School
Drums, Whitney M. Young High School
We are grateful for the support of Mrs. Marjorie Kiewit, without whom this program would not be possible.