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For Joe Lovano, Every Month is Jazz Appreciation Month

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From News, posted 4.01.22. Joe Lovano has spent his entire life as a student of jazz, and the majority as a teacher. The revered saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist, a second-generation Sicilian American and son of tenor saxophonist Tony “Big T” Lovano, developed a love for jazz at a young age. Growing up in Cleveland, his… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Modern Jazz Composer and Cornetist Ron Miles

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From News, posted 3.11.22. BMI is saddened by the passing of cornetist, composer, and bandleader Ron Miles. Best known for his genuine, straight from the soul delivery, Miles collaborated with many musicians throughout his career, including Bill Frisell, Myra Melford, Brian Blade, Joshua Redman, Otis Taylor, Fred Hess and Scott Colley, among others. As… Read more...


BMI Congratulates 2022 NEA Jazz Masters Stanley Clarke and Billy Hart

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From News, posted 3.07.22. This spring, the National Endowment for the Arts will celebrate two of BMI’s legendary jazz musicians, Stanley Clarke and Billy Hart, as Jazz Masters, which is the highest honor bestowed in the world of jazz music. As an extraordinary bass-player, Clarke has become one of the most influential players in… Read more...


BMI Remembers Film/TV Composer and Blood, Sweat & Tears Co-Founder Dick Halligan

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From News, posted 1.25.22. BMI is saddened by the passing of Dick Halligan, co-founder of the GRAMMY-winning band Blood, Sweat & Tears, and composer of more than 20 film and TV projects. During his time with BS&T, Halligan played trombone, flute and keyboards, significantly adding to the band’s signature jazz/rock sound, which earned several… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2021 Latin GRAMMY Nominees

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From News, posted 9.29.21. BMI is once again exceptionally proud of its many songwriters and producers nominated for premier industry accolades at the upcoming 2021 Latin GRAMMY Awards. These innovative music creators are continuing the lead the way with their chart-topping work across the wide spectrum of Latin music. Among the names nominated for… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Jazz Master Dr. Lonnie Smith

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From News, posted 9.29.21. BMI is saddened by the recent passing of longtime BMI affiliate, Dr. Lonnie Smith, who was renowned for his incredible talent as an organist after first laying hands on a Hammond as a teen. In short time, Smith captured the attention of such greats as BMI affiliate George Benson, whose… Read more...


BMI Celebrates Black Music Month

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From News, posted 6.01.21. Throughout the month of June, BMI will proudly honor Black Music Month, a time to recognize the immeasurable influence and incredible impact of Black music on genres across the spectrum. Black songwriters, artists and musicians have created, inspired and nurtured styles such as Gospel, folk, blues, jazz, R&B, rock, country,… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Legendary Recording Engineer Al Schmitt

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From News, posted 4.28.21. BMI is saddened by the loss of one of our most talented recording engineers, Al Schmitt, who passed away Monday at the age of 91. During his long and continuously impressive career, Schmitt, who joined BMI in 1971, won a record-breaking 20 GRAMMYS for his creative recording talents on more… Read more...


Catching Up with Jazz Pianist Brad Mehldau

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From News, posted 4.21.21. Jazz pianist/composer Brad Mehldau had vastly different plans for 2020, but he responded to the pandemic’s challenges by shifting his approach. He had planned to tour with Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade upon the July 2020 release of RoundAgain, the long-awaited follow-up album to the group’s lauded 1994… Read more...


In the Groove with Joshua Redman: A Conversation With the Acclaimed Jazz Artist

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From News, posted 4.15.21. Born into a creative environment, Joshua Redman always had an affinity for making music. His father, Dewey Redman, was a renowned saxophonist, and his mother, Renee Shedroff, was a dancer. Although he started playing the clarinet in fourth grade and then switched to saxophone, he entered college expecting to become… Read more...