Stanley Kay Swingin’ Scholarship

March 10, 2011 3:04 pm in Endorser & Company News, Events by Artist Relations

Stanley Kay is well known for his on-going stint as manager of the Buddy Rich Band and also for drumming in Buddy’s stead. Throughout the 1940s, 50s, & 60s Stanley played for musical greats Patti Paige, Frankie Laine and Josephine Baker. He went on to conduct and create acts for show biz icons Maurice and Gregory Hines (“Hines, Hines and Dad”) and actress Michele Lee. In the 1980s he became Entertainment Director for The New York Yankees and in 1992 founded the world-renowned DIVA Jazz Orchestra. Stanley remained DIVA’s creative force and CEO until his passing in June of 2010.

Sherrie Maricle and The DIVA Jazz Orchestra will honor the musical legacy, integrity, creativity and excellence of Stanley Kay through his scholarship, offering an opportunity for a seriously swingin’ big band drummer between the ages of 15—21 to attend any two-week session of The New York Summer Music Festival (see for details) free of charge.*

Apply for the Stanley Kay Scholarship:

Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 21 on May 31, 2011.
Include the following:
1.) A cover letter expressing WHY this opportunity would make a difference in the applicant’s musical life. Be sure to include up-do-date contact information in the form of postal and email addresses.
2.) A CD or DVD of the applicant’s big band playing. Tracks should be edited to include only the head and shout choruses. Alternatively, if full-length tracks are submitted, applicant should include time cues indicating where on each track the head and shout chorus can be found. At least three tracks are required, one selection in each of these styles:
a.) Medium or up-tempo swing
b.) Ballad
c.) Either Afro-Cuban (mambo, songo, cha-cha, etc) or Brazilian (Samba, Bossa-Nova, Baiao, etc)
d.) Additional selection (OPTIONAL) – applicant’s choice to showcase what s/he does best
3.) A letter of recommendation from a music teacher (private teacher, band director, regional ensemble conductor, etc.).

Cover letter, recording, and recommendation letter must be submitted together. Application packets may be sent to The DIVA Jazz Orchestra; 1 River Place, Suite 817, New York, NY 10036, with “SK Scholarship” written on the envelope flap.

CDs and other application materials cannot be returned.

May 31, 2011