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BMI Mourns the Loss of Legendary Recording Engineer Al Schmitt

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From News, posted 4.28.21 BMI is saddened by the loss of one of our most talented recording engineers, Al Schmitt, who passed away Monday at the age of 91. During his long and continuously impressive career, Schmitt, who joined BMI in 1971, won a record-breaking 20 GRAMMYS for his creative recording talents on more… Read more...


BMI Celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month

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From News, posted 4.01.21 During the month of April each year, BMI is proud to honor Jazz Appreciation Month by recognizing the exceptional heritage, history and future of jazz. Over the decades, so many of our talented composers have been making their mark as they drive forward the evolving genre - mixing styles, improvising… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Legendary Jazz Pianist Chick Corea

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From News, posted 2.12.21 BMI is saddened by the passing of one of the true jazz giants, Chick Corea, who died this week at the age of 79. Corea, who continued to astound audiences for more than half a century with his unique jazz-rock fusion, was one of the most renowned keyboardists in music… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath

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From News, posted 1.21.20 BMI is saddened by the passing of tenor saxophonist and jazz great, Jimmy Heath. Having achieved the highest honor bestowed upon a jazz musician, the title of NEA Jazz Master, Heath was known for his lively and playful compositions and arrangements, expertly and seamlessly knowing exactly where and when to… Read more...


In the Zone with David Liebman

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.28.18 With a staggeringly prolific catalog of more than 500 recorded works, multiple GRAMMY nominations, and stints with jazz legends Miles Davis, Elvin Jones and Chick Corea, jazz saxophonist David Liebman could easily rest on his many laurels. Yet Liebman, who was named among the National Endowment for the Art’s prestigious… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Jazz Legend Hugh Masekela

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From News, posted 1.23.18 BMI is saddened by the news that trumpeter, composer, flugelhorn player, bandleader, singer and political activist Hugh Masekela has passed away at the age of 78. The legendary South African jazz musician recorded more than 40 solo albums in his storied career, while also collaborating with countless diverse musical icons… Read more...


Carla Bley, George Coleman and Charles Lloyd Honored as 2015 NEA Jazz Masters

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From News, posted 4.22.15 Each year since 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts selects legendary musicians who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz. This year, the NEA chose three long-time BMI affiliates, who were honored on April 20, 2015, in New York City, as their 2015 Jazz Masters: Carla Bley,… Read more...


BMI Writer Astrella Launches Musical Ts

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From News, posted 3.24.15 BMI songwriter and fashion designer Astrella has come up with a unique way to sell fashion and music to fans. Astrella, daughter of BMI Icon and Songwriters Hall of Famer Donovan, has developed a unique line of Musical Ts. Each features iconic album artwork that allows the buyer to download… Read more...


BMI Presents Music as the Unifying Force Panel at the 15th Annual Woodstock Film Festival

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From News, posted 10.06.14 Film industry veterans, independent filmmakers, artists and other creative spirits will gather for the 15th Annual Woodstock Film Festival on October 15–19, 2014, in Woodstock, New York. The event includes screenings of independent films, educational panels, concerts and other special events. As part of the festival screenings, the documentary, A… Read more...


BMI Explores the Origins of Jazz Appreciation Month

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From News, posted 4.22.14 Nearly thirteen years have passed since legendary musician/producer Quincy Jones helped the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History introduce the Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) initiative at a press conference in July 2001. The program spends each April celebrating the genre’s history, heroes and future with one month of special jazz-centric… Read more...


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