Meet The Next Jazz Legacy Class Of Women And Non-Binary Jazz Stars

Meet The Next Jazz Legacy

Next Jazz Legacy, created by New Music USA and the Berklee Institute of Jazz And Gender Justice, to bolster the opportunities and education for women and non-binary jazz musicians in professional settings, has named its third class of seven honorees to comprise the 2024 class.

The program, which pairs the diverse honorees with a mentor for a year-long performance apprenticeship, is chaired by jazz icon Terri Lyne Carrington, NEA Jazz Master and Next Jazz Legacy’s Artistic Director.

Below are the seven winners named to the Next Jazz Legacy class.

Amyra León


Apprenticeship with Chief Xian aTunde Adjuah (formerly known as Christian Scott)

Creative Mentorship with Lisa FischerAmyra León, a musician, author, director, and Harlem native, has made a mark in both music and literature, captivating audiences with her soul-stirring performances and thought-provoking lyrics. With a profound dedication to social justice, León delves into themes of identity and liberation, urging listeners to critically examine the world. She has toured extensively, gracing prestigious stages including Lincoln Center, BAM, The Apollo Cafe, and more. Currently, she serves as the Artist in Residence at the Louis Armstrong Museum, where she has spent the last year crafting new work inspired by Armstrong’s extensive archive.

Christie Dashiell


Christie Dashiell, a versatile vocalist and composer from Washington, D.C., seamlessly merges jazz, rhythm and blues, gospel, and soul. Renowned for her rich tone and improvisational skill, she hails from a musical family and holds degrees from Howard University and the Manhattan School of Music. With solo albums and collaborations with artists like Sweet Honey in the Rock under her belt, she recently released her sophomore album, Journey in Black, exploring themes of freedom and legacy. Alongside her performing career, Christie shares her expertise as a faculty member at Temple University, Howard University, and The University of the District of Columbia.

Ciara Moser

Electric Bass

Apprenticeship with Nate Smith

Creative Mentorship with Sheila E.

Ciara Moser, originally from Dublin but raised in Austria, currently calls Boston her home base. As a blind bassist of Austrian-Irish descent, she showcases her versatility across various musical styles and genres, seamlessly blending into band, orchestra, film, and ensemble projects, both in live performances and studio sessions. She earned her Master’s in Jazz Performance from the Berklee College of Music under the guidance of esteemed mentors like John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Victor Wooten.

Eliza Salem


Apprenticeship with Ambrose Akinmusire

Creative Mentorship with Cindy Blackman

Eliza Salem is a versatile drummer, educator, and composer based in Brooklyn, New York. Their philosophy, which focuses on empathy, honesty, and patience, has led to collaborations with respected artists and improvisers in New York’s vibrant scene. Salem has performed at prestigious venues like Lincoln Center and Birdland Jazz Club, and festivals such as Newport Jazz Festival. They’ve toured nationally and internationally with people like Caroline Davis and Marta Sánchez’s trio.

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