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The 2001 Jazz Journalists Association Awards

Lifetime Achievement in Jazz: John Lewis (joining previous honorees Benny Carter, Ornette Coleman, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins) Musician of the Year (achievement in sound recordings, live concert performances and overall presence, April 15, 2000 – April 15, 2001): Joe Lovano Album of the Year (released April 15, 2000 – April 15, 2001): Joe Lovano, 52nd […]

The 18 Members of the Juilliard Jazz Inaugural Class

Erica vonKleistPhoto by Nan Miller courtesy of The Juilliard School Erica vonKleist (alto saxophone), from Connecticut, studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Earning honors in the 1999 and 2000 Down Beat Magazine’s Student Music Awards including “Best Composition,” “Best Arrangement,” and “Outstanding Soloist,” she also played lead saxophone player in the Grammy Jazz Band […]

Nothing to Fear?

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When looking at the influence that age has on a composer there are several things to keep in mind so that we don’t get lazy and fall into the ruthless trap of overgeneralization; advice that should also be observed when reading Ayn Rand novels.

View from the West: New Music on Record

Dean SuzukiPhoto by Ryan Suzuki That the worth of record labels specializing in experimental music is invaluable would be difficult to argue against. While live performances may be the best way to experience music, recordings, which may be heard through such media as radio and the Internet, in addition to home, automobile and portable audio […]

BMI Celebrates 2001 Student Composer Award-Winners

Winners of the 2001 BMI Student Composer Awards with BMI President Frances Preston and composer Milton Babbitt, Chairman of the AwardsPhoto by Gary Gershoff, courtesy of BMI Nine young composers, ranging in age from 15 to 26, have been named winners in the 49th Annual BMI Student Composer Awards. They were recognized for “superior creative […]

Meet The Composer Awards 5 New Residencies Grants

Meet The Composer has awarded three-year New Residencies grants to five American composers, the latest round in a national program that integrates the composers and their music into urban and rural communities nationwide. When announcing the residencies, Meet The Composer President Heather Hitchens commented: “Through New Residencies, music of lasting value has emerged to help […]

2001 Jazz Journalists Association Awards Announced at Birdland

JJA president Howard Mandel presenting a special award to Dr. Billy TaylorPhoto by R. Andrew Lepley, RAL Photography The Jazz Journalists Association held their annual awards event on Thursday, June 14 at Birdland (44th & 8th Ave., New York City) with over 200 journalists, photographers, broadcasters, new media professionals, musicians and industry executives in attendance. […]

Paul Yeon Lee Wins 2001 Whitaker Commission

Paul Yeon LeePhoto courtesy Paul Yeon Lee Paul Yeon Lee has won the 2001 Whitaker Commission, a prize that includes a $15,000 cash award and a world premiere performance by the American Composers Orchestra. The 31-year-old composer’s work Phoenix was selected from among eight finalists at the ACO’s tenth annual Whitaker New Music Reading Sessions. […]

William Grant Still Family Donates $68,000 for Radio Promotion

William Grant StillPhoto courtesy Carl Fischer Music The family of the late African-American composer William Grant Still is once again offering free recordings of his works to radio stations around the world. An ongoing project, the $68,000 needed to fund the purchase of CDs for this year’s campaign was raised from sheet music sales and […]

Down Beat Honors College Jazz Musicians

The Eastman Jazz Ensemble and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UWEC) Jazz Ensemble I took top honors in the collegiate level jazz big band division of the 24th Annual Down Beat Student Music Awards.