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BMI Hosts Annual Composers Showcase Concert

The BMI Jazz Composers Workshop will host its annual showcase concert this Thursday in New York to premiere the best jazz composition created during the past year. The highlight this year, as every year, is the announcement of the Sixth Annual Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize.

Each year, the award – named for the workshop’s co-founder and longtime musical director – is awarded to the writer of the best new work composed in the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop. The winner will receive a cash award and the $3,000 Manny Albam Commission to compose a new piece for the following year’s concert. Previous winners include Rufus Reid, Jamie Begian, Noriko Ueda and last year’s winner, Darcy Argue, who will premiere his commissioned piece, “Desolation Sound,” at Thursday’s showcase.

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