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Billysimo: Billy Taylor/ASCAP Commission Winners

In honor of Billy Taylor’s 80th birthday, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) announced the recipients of the ASCAP/IAJE Commissions honoring Taylor (pictured left).

Jovino Santos Neto of Seattle, Wash., won in the Established Composer category and Jason Goldman of Los Angeles in the Emerging Composer category. The new works, Santos Neto’s “Billysimo” and Goldman’s “Catch Me If You Can,” were premiered at this year’s just-concluded IAJE Conference. The U.S. Air Force Band of the Rockies, conducted by Santos Neto, performed “Billysimo” and the Jason Goldman Nonette performed “Catch Me If You Can.”

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