Next Jazz Legacy
Announces first group of musicians awarded apprenticeships and support

Next Jazz LegacyAnnounces first group of musicians awarded apprenticeships and support

Next Jazz Legacy is proud to announce the first list of seven emerging women and non-binary awardees selected for this new program, engaging the music community with another crucial step closer to a more inclusive future. Focused on increasing opportunities for musicians most underrepresented in the art form, the three-year, national program launched by New Music USA and the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice – with major funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation – will invest in each of these seven awardees through personalized apprenticeships, financial support, and a mission to inspire waves of lasting change. 

Combining individual and group learning opportunities with a comprehensive support package designed to deliver deep impacts on every candidate’s career, Next Jazz Legacy champions those whose access to resources has been limited. With gender and racial justice as guiding principles, this inaugural group of Next Jazz Legacy awardees was chosen through an open call process and a meticulous, months-long review process by a distinguished and diverse panel of jazz trailblazers, chaired by NEA Jazz Master and Next Jazz Legacy’s Artistic Director, Terri Lyne Carrington. Once the seven awardees were selected, Carrington and the Next Jazz Legacy team worked closely with each of the seven musicians to match them with a pair of master bandleaders for a year-long performance apprenticeship, as well as an additional creative mentorship, both aligned with the awardees’ unique interests. 

See the full list of Next Jazz Legacy artists, their respective instruments and bandleader pairings below, and watch a brief introduction to each in the video here: 

Ivanna Cuesta


Apprenticeship with Esperanza Spalding

Creative Mentorship with Wayne Shorter

Lexi Hamner

Voice & Trombone

Apprenticeship with Tia Fuller

Creative Mentorship with Bobby McFerrin

Keyanna Hutchinson


Apprenticeship with Lizz Wright

Creative Mentorship with Brandon Ross

Alexis Lombre


Apprenticeship with Marcus Miller

Creative Mentorship with Georgia Anne Muldrow

Anastassiya Petrova

Piano & Organ

Apprenticeship with Chris Potter

Creative Mentorship with Kris Davis

Loke Risberg


Apprenticeship with Linda May Han Oh

Creative Mentorship with Bill Stewart

Kalia Vandever


Apprenticeship with Mary Halvorson

Creative Mentorship with Jen Shyu

In addition to the performance apprenticeships and creative mentorships with the bandleaders listed above, the seven Next Jazz Legacy artists will participate in business mentorships with experts in the field. Each awardee will also join quarterly learning cohorts led by Terri Lyne Carrington, receive a small scholarship to enroll in a Berklee Online course of their choice for the purposes of continued education, and present their music through empowerment and promotional opportunities such as media interviews, short films, and showcases with partner presenters. A $10,000 grant will be awarded per apprentice, to use as an investment into the next steps in their career. Learn more about the program’s complete list of offerings: 

“The rich legacy of jazz can only get better when we are inclusive,” says Terri Lyne Carrington, Artistic Director of Next Jazz Legacy and founder of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice. “We are at a time in history where varying communities are having to rethink their social and political positions. This generation is demanding that we open our minds and hearts to consider a future with greater distance from the customs and standards of the past. As educators and mentors, it is our job to listen to them and work together to make needed change.”