The ISJAC Hall of Fame seeks to honor and immortalize those jazz composers and/or arrangers whose body of work has advanced the art form and profoundly impacted the profession by virtue of their:

  • Artistic excellence
  • Singular and unique voice
  • Historic significance, and
  • Influence on future generations of composers

The ISJAC Jazz Composers Symposium has provided the opportunity to award each group of composers/arrangers into the Hall of Fame. The inaugural class of Chick Corea, Duke Ellington, and Mary Lou Williams were inducted in 2017 at the University of South Florida. Carla Bley, Thad Jones, Thelonious Monk, and Wayne Shorter were inducted in 2019 at the University of Northern Colorado. The next class of awardees has already been selected and will be inducted at either the 2021 Un[chart]ed Territory online event or at the 2022 Jazz Composers’ Symposium at the University of Texas at Austin.

ISJAC members are eligible to vote for awardees. Voting will be opened at a later date for the 2023/2024 class.

Mary Lou Williams

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Wayne Shorter

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Thelonious Monk

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Thad Jones

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Duke Ellington

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Chick Corea

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Carla Bley

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