The BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, a noted creative forum for musical exploration and development, will highlight the best new jazz compositions created during the past year at its 27th Annual Summer Showcase Concert. The concert is free to the public, and will be held on Thursday, June 25, at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church (120 West 69th Street) at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature the BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra, a 17-piece modern repertory ensemble made up of leading New York musicians. Seating is first-come, first-served; doors open at 7:00 p.m.
The evening will also feature a competition to choose the winner of the BMI Foundation’s 16th Annual Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize, which will be given to the writer of the best new work composed in the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop. This year’s judges include premier bassist Rufus Reid; pianist/producer/arranger Gil Goldstein; and GRAMMY Award-winning saxophonist Bill Kirchner.
The winning composer will receive the $3,000 Manny Albam Commission, named in memory of the Workshop’s co-founder and longtime musical director, to compose a new piece for the following year’s concert. Anna Webber, last year’s winner, will premiere her commissioned work at this year’s concert.