BMI’S Jazz Composer Workshop to Present 25th Showcase June 28

Jazz Composition Prize to be Awarded

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Jim McNeely

BMI’s Jazz Composers Workshop will highlight the best new jazz compositions created during the past year at its 25th Annual Showcase Concert. The evening will feature a competition to choose the winner of the BMI Foundation’s 14th annual Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize, which will be given to the writer of the best new work composed in the Workshop on Friday, June 28, at 7:30 p.m. The event will take place at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church (120 West 69 Street, New York). Seating is first-come, first served; doors open at 7:00 p.m.

The winning composer will receive the $3,000 Manny Albam Commission, named in memory of the Workshop’s co-founder and longtime musical director, to compose a new piece for the following year’s concert. The Workshop is led by composer Jim McNeely and pianist/composer/arranger Mike Holober. This year’s judges include soprano saxophonist/composer and 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Jane Ira Bloom; jazz bassist and 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Rufus Reid; and multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson.

The concert will feature the BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra, a 17-piece modern repertory ensemble composed of leading New York musicians. Matt Holman, last year’s winner, will premiere his commissioned work at this year’s concert.