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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...


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...


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 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 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...


Yusuke Nakamura wins BMI/Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition Composers’ Prize

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From News, posted 9.26.12 BMI presented the Composer’s Prize at the annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, at Washington’s Kennedy Center last weekend, continuing a 19-year partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. BMI president and CEO Del Bryant presented the prize to talented young Japanese composer/artist Yusuke Nakamura. Nakamura, who grew up… Read more...


BMI Composers Top Jazz Journalists Awards

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From News, posted 6.21.12 BMI jazz legend Sonny Rollins won three top awards June 20 at the annual awards voted by the nation’s jazz journalists, delivered at a gala ceremony at the legendary Blue Note jazz club in New York’s Greenwich Village. Rollins, who won Record and Musician of the Year honors, was joined… Read more...


10 Questions: Kris Bowers

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From MusicWorld, posted 3.28.12 He was still 22 when he won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition last fall. And while his performance garnered fans in the panel of judges, all illustrious jazz pianists, as well as the also-attending Aretha Franklin, it was hardly the first time the pianism of Kris Bowers turned… Read more...


Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden & More Saluted as NEA Jazz Masters Celebrates 30 Years

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From News, posted 1.11.12 BMI partnered with the National Endowment for the Arts to host the annual luncheon toasting the 2012 class of NEA Jazz Masters on Tuesday, January 10. In a clear illustration of BMI’s storied commitment to jazz, all of the 2012 honorees are BMI creators: composer, drummer and keyboardist Jack DeJohnette;… Read more...


Aretha Franklin, Kris Bowers, Bobby Avey Honored by Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

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From News, posted 9.13.11 As the Thelonious Monk Institute staged its 25th Anniversary International Jazz Piano Competition and All-Star Gala Concert, one thing became brilliantly clear: Jazz music is thriving in virtuosic hands. BMI composer-pianist Kris Bowers was named the first-place winner of the Jazz Piano Competition. Held Sunday, September 11 and Monday, September… Read more...


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