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BMI Congratulates its 2017 Jazz Masters Dave Holland and Dr. Lonnie Smith

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From News, posted 4.04.17 BMI is proud to congratulate its jazz affiliates Dave Holland and Dr. Lonnie Smith on their prestigious achievements of being named this year’s Jazz Masters by the National Endowment for the Arts. As one of the most versatile jazz bassists, Dave Holland is an accomplished composer and bandleader, while Dr.… 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...


BMI Composers Make Up Majority of DownBeat Critics Poll Winners

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From News, posted 7.14.11 BMI’s family of jazz songwriters and composers garnered the majority of 59th Annual DownBeat Critics Poll nods, revealed in the magazine’s August issue. The honorees underscore the muscle of BMI’s jazz repertoire, which is the home of the genre’s legends and contemporary torchbearers. Critics opted to… Read more...


Roy Haynes Kicks Off 2010 Jazz at Lincoln Center Season

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From News, posted 8.23.10 Aficionados of America’s original art form, rejoice: The 2010 season of Jazz at Lincoln Center commences Saturday, September 25 with Opening Night at Jazz at Lincoln Center: An Evening with Roy Haynes, in the iconic venue’s Rose Theater at 8 p.m. One of jazz’s indisputable masters, Roy Haynes began with… Read more...


Joe Lovano Leads BMI Charge at JJA Jazz Awards

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From News, posted 6.17.10 BMI jazz greats took home trophy after trophy during the annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards, held Monday, June 14 in New York City. Legendary saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano enjoyed a trio of wins, scoring Record of the Year for his album Folk Art, Tenor Saxophonist of the Year,… Read more...


BMI Celebrates Jazz Visionary

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From News, posted 5.04.08 Jazz visionary and multi-talented BMI songwriter, bassist, composer and bandleader Avishai Cohen brought the Avishai Cohen Trio to London’s world renowned Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club on April 29. The performance was in celebration of their latest release, Gently Disturbed, on Cohen’s own Razdaz Recordz. Cohen was declared one of the… Read more...


BMI Jazz Giants Score in Down Beat 2007 Critics Poll

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From News, posted 7.27.07 BMI composers dominated the 2007 Down Beat Critics Poll, winning 69% of the awards. Celebrated bassist and bandleader Dave Holland was a multiple winner, taking home honors both for Bassist of the Year and Band of the Year for his quintet. The late pianist Andrew Hill was inducted into the… Read more...


BMI Jazz Composers Sweep 2007 Jazz Journalists Association Awards

From News, posted 7.02.07 BMI jazz composers took home the lion’s share of the awards at the 11th annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards, held June 28 at the Jazz Standard Club in New York City. The event’s top honoree was pianist Andrew Hill, who passed away on April 20 of this year.… Read more...


BMI Jazz Greats Sweep ‘Downbeat’ Critics Poll

From News, posted 7.17.06 Once again, BMI members swept the jazz world's annual "best of" list presented by Downbeat magazine, the voice of jazz since 1934. BMI's dedication to the advancement of original forms of American music exists as a cornerstone of the organization's very conception, and remains a priority today. Read more...


Asuka Kakitani Wins BMI Foundation’s Charlie Parker Jazz Prize

From News, posted 7.06.06 Jazz composer Asuka Kakitani has been named the winner of the BMI Foundation's 7th Annual Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize for her piece, "Dance 1." Presented on July 6 during the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop's annual showcase concert at New York's Merkin Hall, the prize… Read more...


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