November 16-18, 2018 Clearwater Beach, FL

The Sonny Award


The “Sonny” award was created in 2011 to honor Sonny LaRosa for his tireless efforts to keep jazz alive through musical training and performance. For three decades, Sonny LaRosa’s “World’s Youngest Jazz Band” has inspired and entertained both young and old, on both local and international stages.

Many of the students who have come through his program have continued their training through college and have become respected artists in their own right. They continue his legacy by training the next generation of jazz musicians.

Past Honorees

2011 Sonny LaRosa
2012 Dwayne White
2013 Frank Williams
2014 John Lamb
2015 Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Society
2016 Chris DeLeon, Tarpon Springs High School Music Director
2017 (no award)

Documentary in the Making

Check out your October issue of the “American Rag” for the latest info about the documentary of Sonny LaRosa’s life with the America’s Youngest Jazz Band. There is a fundraising project amist, and the Festival will be contributing $500 to this project.

If you would also like to take part, please send your check to:
Ambassador of Jazz, P.O. Box 107, 2520 N. McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater, FL 33761

Sonny Larosa

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