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BMI/Charlie Parker Composition Winner

On July 11 bassist and composer Noriko Ueda (pictured) was named the winner of the BMI Foundation/Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize for her piece “Castle in the North.” The award, which was given at the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop’s annual showcase concert at Merkin Hall in New York, consists of a $3,000 cash award and a commission for another piece that will be premiered at next year’s concert.

The commission was named this year in memory of the late Manny Albam, who was one of the Workshop’s founding musical directors. Ueda’s piece was selected from three finalists. Judges included drum master Max Roach, director of Rutgers University jazz studies Dan Morgenstern, radio host Phil Schaap and director of jazz studies at Queens College Michael Mossman.

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