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BMI Mourns the Loss of Renowned Sax Player and Composer Lennie Niehaus

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From News, posted 6.03.20. BMI is saddened by the passing of renowned composer and orchestrator, Lennie Niehaus. Niehaus is responsible for the scores to two dozen Clint Eastwood films, including the Oscar-winning Western Unforgiven, the Charlie Parker biopic Bird and the searing Bridges of Madison County. Having started out by playing alto sax and… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Renowned Jazz Musician Ray Mantilla

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From News, posted 3.23.20. BMI is saddened by the passing of Ray Mantilla, the percussionist and bandleader whose six-decade-long career ensured his legacy as one of the most diverse and respected jazz musicians in American music. Renowned for his playing of the congas and timbales, Mantilla added his touch to hundreds of recordings, including… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2020 Jazz Masters Bobby McFerrin and Reggie Workman

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From News, posted 2.06.20. The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded two of BMI’s most gifted jazz artists with its highest honor bestowed upon the genre: Bobby McFerrin and Reggie Workman will be named Jazz Masters during the NEA’s April 1-3, 2020, celebration. Renowned for his vocal improvisation using his mystifying four-octave range,… 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...


BMI Congratulates its 2020 GRAMMY Award Nominees

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From News, posted 11.21.19. BMI is once again very proud to congratulate its many affiliates nominated for recognition by the Recording Academy at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards, scheduled to be held on January 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Nominations for the music industry’s most prestigious accolades were announced on Wednesday,… Read more...


What Makes a Great Jazz Piece?

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From The Weekly, posted 8.13.19. With all the different genres of music in the world, you might think the way to approach creating music for a specific genre would be unique. Not necessarily so, especially when it comes to production. Read on for good advice for readying your music for decision-makers, no matter what the… Read more...


Dan Pugach Wins Charlie Parker Prize/Manny Albam Commission at BMI Jazz Composers Workshop Showcase

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From News, posted 6.14.19. BMI’s 31st annual Jazz Composers Workshop concert, held at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater in New York City on June 12, featured the best new big band and jazz orchestra compositions created in the workshop during the 2018-2019 session. The evening was hosted by musical director Andy Farber and… Read more...


BMI’s Jazz Composers Workshop Presents 31st Annual Summer Showcase

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From News, posted 5.23.19. The BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, a prestigious creative forum for musical creation and development, will present the best new big band and jazz orchestra compositions produced during the past year at the 31st annual summer showcase. The BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra, a modern repertory ensemble made up of leading New… Read more...


From Carl Jung to Lady Gaga, Jazz Guitarist Alex Sill’s Music Speaks His Mind

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.22.19. Plenty of players and listeners have talked about music as a kind of interior cinema, but for 26-year-old guitarist and composer Alex Sill this extraordinary symbiosis between music and the mind has led to answers in his new debut album, Experiences: Real and Imaginary. As a masterful panoramic nine-track collection… Read more...


BMI Sponsors NEA Jazz Masters Annual Dinner, Presents Future Jazz Master Scholarship

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From News, posted 4.15.19. Pictured (L-R) at BMI’s NEA Jazz Master’s annual dinner are: BMI Director of Jazz and Musical Theater Patrick Cook, BMI Foundation President Deirdre Chadwick, 2019 NEA Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim, 2019 NEA Jazz Master Maria Schneider, 2019 BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship winner August Arnold, John F. Kennedy Center for… Read more...