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Terri Lyne Carrington: From Child Prodigy to Trailblazing Jazz Drummer

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.12.18 Three-time GRAMMY winning musician, songwriter and producer Terri Lyne Carrington has always had an incredible passion for music. As a child, her budding talent placed her alongside some of the biggest jazz musicians in the world at an age when most girls are playing with dolls. Her father, Mat Carrington,… Read more...


Sting and Wayne Shorter Receive Polar Music Prize

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From News, posted 7.31.17 BMI is proud to congratulate two of our truly outstanding and deserving songwriters, Sting and Wayne Shorter, on being named Laureates of the Polar Music Prize. Founded in 1989 by the late Stig ”Stikkan” Anderson, who was the publisher, lyricist and manager of the enormously successful band ABBA, the Polar… Read more...


10 Questions With Melissa Aldana

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.20.15 Saxophonist and composer Melissa Aldana is a living bridge between traditional and modern jazz. Her new album Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio offers gorgeous cascades of melody and daring – from the joyful post-bop rush of “M&M” to the closing notes of her solo performance “Ask Me Now,” which boldly… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its GRAMMY Nominees

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From News, posted 12.23.14 Broadcast Music, Inc. writers have a lot to celebrate following the announcement of the 2015 GRAMMY nominations. The winners will be revealed during the 57th annual GRAMMY awards, held in the Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast live February 8, 2015 on CBS. BMI writers are present in nominations… Read more...


For Greg Reitan, Home is Where the Art is

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.02.11 Pianist-composer Greg Reitan’s home was advertised as an “artist’s retreat” when he found it perched atop a hill like an eagle’s aerie overlooking Pasadena, California. But it’s become a redwood, glass and steel muse, providing the marvelously fluid keyboardist a comfortable space for composing music for his inspired jazz trio… Read more...


Kurt Elling on History, Vocalese, and the Opportunities of a New Art Form

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.27.10 Blues guitarist John Hammond once said the blues was largely about borrowing and lending. Kurt Elling feels the same way about jazz. “You definitely want the sound of the history of your instrument to be present in what you play,” Elling says. “That’s how we transmit to the future the… Read more...


Joe Johnson Wins 2009 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Composer’s Competition

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From News, posted 10.12.09 Bassist Joe Johnson was honored as the 2009 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Composer’s Competition grand prize winner on Sunday, October 11 during the 22nd annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and all-star Gala Concert at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C. The Blue Note Records 70th Anniversary Gala… Read more...


B.B. King Honored at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Gala

From News, posted 11.16.08 The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz gala concert, held October 26 at the Kodak Theatre, honored B.B King with the Founders Award. The event, dedicated to “The Blues and Jazz: Two American Classics,” brought some of the biggest names in music together to pay homage to the two genres of… Read more...


BMI Jazz Composers Top ‘Downbeat’ Readers Poll

From News, posted 11.11.08 Downbeat has released its 73rd Annual Readers Poll with BMI jazz composers topping 24 of the 29 categories, accounting for 84% of the winners. These composers represent the “who’s who” of jazz performers and BMI’s dominance in the genre. Sonny Rollins top two categories, Jazz Artist and Tenor Saxophone, while… Read more...


Monk Institute Sets 2008 Competition Schedule

From News, posted 3.12.08 The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz has announced that the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition finals will take place on Sunday, October 26 at 5 p.m. at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The semi-finals will take place on the campus of UCLA at Schoenberg Hall on Saturday, October 25 from… Read more...


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