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(Published: June 06, 2012)

$3,000 Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize to writer of best new work; previous winners include premier bassist Rufus Reid and Secret Society bandleader Darcy J. Argue

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 24th Annual Summer Showcase Concert. The concert is free to the public, and will be held on Thursday, June 28 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 13th 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 soprano saxophonist/composer and 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Jane Ira Bloom; premier jazz bassist Rufus Reid; and jazz pianist, composer and author Lewis Porter.

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. Jim Saltzman, last year's winner, will premiere his commissioned work at this year's concert.

The BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, led by internationally renowned composer Jim McNeely and pianist, composer, arranger Mike Holober, offers a unique collaborative environment for professional jazz musicians to compose for large jazz (big band) ensembles. McNeely has performed with and written for Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Joe Henderson and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, among others; a six-time Grammy Award nominee, The New York Times has called his writing "exhilarating." Jim is also Composer-in-Residence with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and Chief Conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Big Band. Holober, the Musical Director of the Westchester Jazz Orchestra and the Associate Conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Big Band, can be heard on over 50 recordings as a sideman. He is also the leader of the Gotham Jazz Orchestra.

About BMI
BMI's impressive roster of jazz artists includes such legends as Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton and Charles Mingus, as well as today's jazz stars like Herbie Hancock, Christian McBride, Norah Jones, Kevin Eubanks, Joshua Redman, Mark Whitfield and Bobby Watson. Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI) is an American performing right organization that represents more than 500,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 7.5 million works.

About the BMI Foundation, Inc.
The BMI Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1985 to support the creation, performance, and study of music through awards, scholarships, commissions and grants. Tax-deductible donations to the Foundation come primarily from songwriters, composers and publishers, BMI employees and members of the public with a special interest in music. Because both the Foundation staff and the distinguished members of the Advisory Panel serve without compensation, over 95% of all donations and income are used for charitable grants.

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