The winner of the 5th annual Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize, sponsored by the BMI Foundation and given to the writer of the best new work composed in the Workshop, will be announced during the show. The winner will receive a cash award and a commission, named in memory of the late Manny Albam, the Workshop's longtime Musical Director who passed away in 2001. The winning piece will be selected by a panel of jazz experts including Dan Morgenstern, writer/critic and Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University; noted jazz pianist, composer and author Kenny Werner; and big band arranger/composer David Matthews.
The BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra is an adjunct of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop. Directed by jazz greats Jim McNeely and Michael Abene, the Workshop offers an environment where composers have the freedom to fully explore the creative process with a focus on innovative large ensemble compositions in a collaborative environment.