During the month of April each year, BMI is proud to honor Jazz Appreciation Month by recognizing the exceptional heritage, history and future of jazz. Over the decades, so many of our talented composers have been making their mark as they drive forward the evolving genre - mixing styles, improvising rhythms and fusing sounds. Several of our composers have even gone on to be awarded the highest jazz honor our nation offers, NEA Jazz Master, which is bestowed upon them by the National Endowment for the Arts. Among these legendary names are greats such as Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, Joanne Brackeen, George Benson, Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Jimmy Heath, Sheila Jordan, and this year’s newest Masters, Terri Lyne Carrington and Albert “Tootie” Heath.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be highlighting some of our jazz maestros on our social platforms and right here on BMI.com. Check back often for updates and come celebrate with us, starting with this video!