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Jamie Begian Wins Composition Competition

Big-band leader and composer Jamie Begian won the BMI Foundation/Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize for his “Fuzzy Math,” composed as part of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop. He was presented with the award at the Workshop’s annual Showcase Concert at Merkin Hall on July 19. Begian’s prize included $3,000 and a commission to write another composition for next year’s Showcase.

Begian began composing for large ensembles in 1990 while studying at the Manhattan School of Music. In 1998, he founded the Jamie Begian Big Band and landed gigs at the Knitting Factory and the Cutting Room. Begian also teaches jazz and guitar courses at Western Connecticut State University and New York University.

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