Workshop Musical Director Jim McNeely conducts the BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra
The BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, now in its second decade, was formed to provide an environment where the composer has the freedom to explore new avenues in the creative process, while at the same time honing and solidifying his or her skills. Led by acclaimed composers/educators Jim McNeely and Michael Abene, the Workshop was founded by acclaimed trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, composer/educator Manny Albam and author and jazz authority Burt Korall. The BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra, a 16-piece modern jazz ensemble, performs annually at the BMI Summer Showcase Concert where the winner of the Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize is announced.
2003's BMI Foundation/Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize winner Jon Schapiro conducts his award-winning piece, "A Bounce in Her Step."
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Photos by Gary Gershoff