University of New Orleans senior music student Jack Vogt has been named the 2016-17 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Louis Armstrong Scholar at the University of New Orleans by the New York-based ASCAP Foundation. The $3,000 award is made to Jazz Studies student who demonstrates excellence in scholarship and in creating original works of music. The scholarship is supported by the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc., also based in New York City.
Jack Vogt was raised in a musical household in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and started playing the violin when he was five. Three years later he began singing in the Alabama Touring Boys Choir, traveling to New York City and Europe and performing at numerous prestige venues, including the White House. He took up the drum kit at age 11, and began lessons with noted percussionist Mark Lanter.
Vogt entered the Alabama School of Fine Arts as a freshman and graduated in 2013. He began composing electronic music in his mid-teens, and soon began writing for jazz ensembles. He now studies jazz performance and composition at the University of New Orleans, and is busy playing with several ensembles. He’s also performed with such notables as Henry Butler, Peter Bernstein, Todd Duke, Ricky Sebastian, and Rick Margitza. He is a prolific writer, and is the 2016 winner of the Ernest O. and Shirley N. Svenson Jazz Composition Competition.
On December 14, Vogt will be honored at the ASCAP Foundation’s annual award ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Legendary composer and musician Paul Williams, president of the ASCAP Foundation, hosts the star-studded event.
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