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Jack Perla

Jack Perla

There are many fine musicians playing jazz today but precious few memorable composers. Where have they gone? To help find them, The Thelonious Monk

Institute and BMI have teamed up to present a yearly Jazz Composers Award and the 1997 winner was Jack Perla (the judges included Pat Metheny and Michael Brecker). The winning composition, “Roman Candles,” is included on Swimming Lessons for the Dead, his new Speak Your Peace CD. He co-produced the recording with Cookie Marenco and it features his Bay area quintet.

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