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BMI’s Jazz Composers Workshop to Celebrate 25th Anniversary

Posted in News on June 24, 2013
Matt Holman
Matt Holman

Broadcast Music, Inc.’s Jazz Composers Workshop, led by internationally renowned composer Jim McNeely and pianist/composer/arranger Mike Holober, will highlight the best new jazz compositions created during the last year at its 25th Annual Showcase Concert on Friday, June 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 120 West 69 Street, New York, NY, 10023.

The Workshop is a noted creative forum for musical exploration and development and each year features a competition to choose the winner of the BMI Foundation’s annual Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize, which is given to the writer of the best new work composed in the Workshop. 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.

This year’s judges include soprano saxophonist/composer and 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Jane Ira Bloom; premier jazz bassist and 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Rufus Reid; and multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson. Matt Holman, last year’s winner, will premiere his commissioned work at this year’s concert, which will feature the BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra, a 17-piece modern repertory ensemble composed of leading New York musicians.

The Workshop offers a unique collaborate environment for professional jazz musicians to compose for large jazz (big band) ensembles and underscores BMI’s commitment to supporting burgeoning composers. Seating is first-come, first served; doors open at 7:00 p.m.