2015 Jazz Artist | Dave Zoller
Ohio native Dave Zoller decided in his late teens to let his love affair with jazz, R&B, and pop music become a full-time music career. After moving to Dallas from Kansas City, MO, in 1969, he became involved in the legendary Dallas jingle scene for two decades, both as a player and writer. He has written over 1,600 music tracks, created a library of original jazz charts for big bands and small groups, and toured/recorded with jazz legend Al Hirt. Zoller currently fronts several groups, including Evidence/Music of Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn and a quintet dedicated to the music of John Coltrane. He also co-leads RIO! with vocalist Nina Katrina, performs in duo and trio formats, and backs vocalists such as Carolyn Lee Jones, Drenda Barnett, and Diana Gale. He was named Sammons Center Jazz Artist of the Year in 2009.
2015 Jazz Educator | Bart Marantz
Bart Marantz, former director of Jazz Studies at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA), is an internationally-recognized educator author, clinician, composer, and arranger who has performed with Ray Charles, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Nancy Wilson, and Gladys Knight and the Pips among other artists. In 1989, Bart was one of just ten directors selected to visit the Montreux Jazz Festival, resulting in an open invitation to the BTWHSPVA jazz program to perform at the prestigious European jazz event. Since joining the high school in 1983, the music program has won more than 230 DownBeat Student Music Magazine awards, produced 17 albums and 22 jazz recordings, and graduated some of the nation’s most-respected jazz artists. He is a member of the DownBeat Jazz Education Hall of Fame and the 2012 John LaPorta National Jazz Educator of the Year.
2015 Jazz Supporter | Rosanne Uhlarik
Growing up in Milwaukee with parents who loved jazz, it is no surprise that Rosanne Uhlarik became a devotee of all types of jazz, from Latin to swing to straight-ahead, at an early age. Just like her professional career, however, which encompassed the arts, education, the retail business, health care, and social work, her passion for the arts is expansive. She is fond of dance, theater, and “early” music such as baroque and shows it by supporting jazz and other performing arts organizations as both a volunteer and patron. Deeply appreciative of the wealth of jazz talent in North Texas, she also applauds other arts advocates and encourages everyone to find ways to give back to the community.
2015 Jazz Innovator | Jason Davis
Jason Davis is a musician, composer, educator, and bandleader whose musical adventure started as a 9-year-old classical clarinet soloist for major civic and state-wide events. The modern-day Texas Tenor Man has performed or recorded with artists ranging from the East Texas Symphony, Judy Collins, and Kirk Franklin to Herbie Hancock, David “Fathead” Newman, and Chaka Khan. Currently, the recording studio manager at The South Dallas Cultural Center, Davis is an energetic performer who also produced hugely successful CD projects for Children’s Literacy, Kwanzaa, Environmental Awareness, and New Orleans Traditional Dance Music.