The ASCAP Foundation Johnny Mandel Prize
The ASCAP Foundation Johnny Mandel Prize made possible by the film & TV composer, arranger and jazz musician, Johnny Mandel, and his wife Martha was established to further the career of an aspiring jazz composer. The recipient is identified by a judging panel from the pool of Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award recipients.
Johnny Mandel may be best-known as the composer of “The Shadow of Your Smile,” the Oscar and Grammy Award-winning theme from the film, The Sandpiper. Mandel, an inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award, also composed the theme for the classic film and television program, M*A*S*H*, among many more notable film scores. In the 1940s and 50s, Mandel played trombone in bands led by Boyd Raeburn, Buddy Rich, Jimmy Dorsey, Elliot Lawrence and Count Basie. A prolific jazz composer, Mandel’s compositions have been recorded by artists that include Stan Getz, Woody Herman, Chet Baker and Count Basie. A three-time Grammy-winner for arrangements, he has worked on albums recorded by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Peggy Lee, Natalie Cole, Quincy Jones, Shirley Horn, Andy Williams, Michael Jackson, Diana Krall and Tony Bennett.