jsjbf allison la rochellePHOTO: Allison LaRochelle of Belford receives the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation Scholarship during the festival at Point Pleasant June 20. Allison is attending the Berklee College of Music in the fall to further her blues and music education.

Red Bank, NJ – Two local recent high school graduates will have the chance to continue to foster their love of music thanks to scholarships given by The Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation (JSJBF). Allison LaRochelle of Belford, N.J. and Evan Wright of Flemington, N.J. both received scholarships during the Point Pleasant Jazz & Blues Festival on Saturday, June 20, 2015. The scholarships were given in remembrance and celebration of jazz guitarist Tal Farlow and dedicated JSJBF member Lloyd R. Daley.

Elizabeth Chang, daughter of the late Lloyd R. Daley who passed away last June, said the scholarship is a great way to honor her father’s legacy.

“He believed in the power of music to unite, break down barriers and provide joy and beauty in the world,” she said.

Allison, a recent graduate of Red Bank Regional High School, will be attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston in the fall where she plans to study songwriting. She is the lead singer of a blues band named Crimson Sky.

“The JSJBF has done a lot for me,” said Allison. “Getting to go to Memphis last year for the International Blues Competition because of the foundation was such an honor. They’ve done so much for me.”

jsjbf evan wrightPHOTO: Evan Wright of Flemington receives the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation Scholarship. Evan is attending the New School in New York City in the fall to pursue a career in jazz and contemporary music.

Evan, a recent graduate of Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, will be attending the New School in New York City in the fall and plans to study jazz and contemporary music. He studied at Manhattan College in the pre-college program and plays with different jazz groups as well as solo guitar.

“Jazz is an American art form and everyone should know a little bit about it and educate themselves on the tradition,” said Evan.

Tal Farlow was an American jazz guitarist. He retired from jazz scene and relocated to Sea Bright, New Jersey and died in 1988. He is considered one of the all-time great jazz guitarists.

Lloyd R. Daley was a respected member of the jazz and blues community in New Jersey, where he would play weekly in local jam sessions as a percussionist.

“He had a strong hope for the future and admired young musicians and their talents,” said Elizabeth. “He admired that, with all the distractions these days, kids still choose to play the blues. He was so impressed with them despite the age difference.”

The JSJBF’s scholarships are funded by the Foundation’s Reckless Steamy Nights concert series. The programs are made possible in part by funds from the Ocean First Foundation, the Zobel Foundation, and the law firm of Zager Fuchs. Since the scholarship program's inception nine years ago, $18,000 has been distributed to local youth interested in pursuing their passion for jazz and blues.

Founded in 1987, the nonprofit Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation remains dedicated to its efforts to preserve, promote and perpetuate jazz and blues on the Jersey Shore through performance and education. Visit www.jsjbf.org for more information.

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Photo 1: Allison LaRochelle of Belford receives the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation Scholarship during the festival at Point Pleasant June 20. Allison is attending the Berklee College of Music in the fall to further her blues and music education.

Photo 2: Evan Wright of Flemington receives the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation Scholarship. Evan is attending the New School in New York City in the fall to pursue a career in jazz and contemporary music.