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BMI Writers Take Major GRAMMY Nominations

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From News, posted 12.27.16. After another prolific year of incredible music, BMI songwriters made a strong showing in the nominations for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, slated to be presented Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Earning multiple nods across the prestigious Recording Academy accolade’s 84 separate categories, the… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Renowned Jazz and Bluesman Mose Allison

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From News, posted 11.17.16. BMI is saddened by the news that pianist, singer and songwriter Mose Allison passed away Tuesday at the age of 89. Born in 1927, Allison wrote his first song as a young teenager, “The 14-Day Palmolive Plan,” starting his career off early in the dryly satirical vein that became a… Read more...


Sir Karl Jenkins Honored with BASCA Gold Badge Award in London

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From News, posted 10.05.16. Jazz/rock musician, composer and BMI affiliate, Sir Karl Jenkins, was recently honored with a BASCA Gold Badge Award for his legendary career in music. The award, which he received at a ceremony at The Savoy in London, was sponsored by BMI. Read more...


Jazz Prodigy Joey Alexander Signs With BMI

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From News, posted 9.26.16. BMI is proud to welcome 13-year-old jazz pianist, Joey Alexander, to the BMI family. On a recent visit to BMI’s New York City office, Joey treated the staff to compositions from his newly released sophomore album, The Countdown. Although barely into his teens, Joey’s star continues to rise within the… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Renowned Jazz Harmonica Player Toots Thielemans

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From News, posted 8.23.16. BMI is saddened by the passing of multi-talented jazz composer and musician Toots Thielemans, who died Monday at the age of 94. One of very few musicians to have made their mark as a jazz harmonica player, Thielemans was also revered for his ability to play guitar and whistle in… Read more...


The Extraordinary Career of David Amram

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From MusicWorld, posted 8.18.16. David Amram might be the most accomplished composer of our times with the least amount of recognition. This is a man who has worked with so many 20th century icons that first names aren’t necessary: Bernstein, Copland, Monk, Gillespie, Mingus, Kerouac, Dylan and Seeger, just to name a few. His… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of NEA Jazz Master Bobby Hutcherson

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From News, posted 8.17.16. BMI is saddened by the passing of one of our Jazz Masters, renowned vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson. During his storied career, Hutcherson released more than 40 albums, including the acclaimed “Stick-Up!” He also played on many more projects for other musicians, such as alto saxophonist, flutist and bass clarinetist Eric Dolphy… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of BMI Jazz Pioneer Charles Davis

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From News, posted 7.25.16. BMI is saddened by the passing of legendary jazz saxophonist, composer and educator Charles Davis. Featured on more than 100 recordings, including his own compositions, Davis played with such jazz greats as Billie Holiday, Lionel Hampton, Dinah Washington, Elvin Jones and Shirley Scott, to name but a few. He was… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Jazz Pianist Don Friedman

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From News, posted 7.08.16. BMI is saddened by the passing of one of our treasured jazz affiliates: the versatile and harmonically adventurous pianist Don Friedman. For more than six decades, Friedman played alongside jazz traditionalists like cornetist Bobby Hackett, progressive post-bop trumpeter Booker Little, Latin jazz flutist Herbie Mann and free jazz pioneers like… Read more...


Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize and Manny Albam Commission Awarded to BMI Composer Dan Block

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From News, posted 6.28.16. The 28th Annual Summer Showcase Concert, which featured the best new big band and jazz orchestra compositions created during the past year in the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, culminated in a win for saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer Dan Block, who was named the winner of the BMI Foundation’s 17th annual… Read more...