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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 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...


Jazz Great Ron Carter on ‘Finding the Right Notes’

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From News, posted 3.05.14 As the most recorded bass player in the history of jazz, Broadcast Music, Inc. composer Ron Carter is celebrating the release of his biography, Finding the Right Notes. Carter’s life is literally a tour through the greatest jazz ever produced. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded… 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...


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...


Marsalis Family, Hubert Laws, Dave Liebman Saluted as NEA Jazz Masters

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From News, posted 1.12.11 BMI partnered with the National Endowment for the Arts and its Chairman Rocco Landesman to celebrate the 2011 Class of NEA Jazz Masters at a luncheon at Jazz at Lincoln Center on January 11. In addition to the Marsalis family, BMI composers Hubert Laws and Dave Liebman were honored along… Read more...


Ron Carter Receives Recognition from French Government

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From News, posted 2.17.10 BMI composer and legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter was recently named Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, the highest honor France bestows upon those who have “significantly contributed to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance.” Frédéric Mitterrand, French Minister of Culture and Communication, presented the honor during… 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...


Ron Carter Burns Brighter

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.01.09 For proof that the creative impulse only burns brighter with age and experience, look no further than Ron Carter. Over the past half-decade, the peerless jazz bassist has performed on more than 2,500 albums, a staggering list of credits that includes recordings by Miles Davis and Aretha Franklin, not to… Read more...


Stanley Clarke Stuns Listeners Again with ‘Jazz in the Garden’

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From MusicWorld, posted 6.11.09 In the jazz world, Stanley Clarke is a living legend and a bona fide hero for bass enthusiasts. Along with fellow bassists Ron Carter and the late Jaco Pastorius, he is responsible for bringing the instrument out of the background. “Anyone who’s followed my career could easily see that I’ve… Read more...


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