Remembering Ellis Freedman

Ellis Freedman Receiving the American Music Center’s Letter of Distinction in 1999 Ellis Freedman, who died on June 16 at the age of 82, was one of those extraordinary people who, although not a musician himself, made a great contribution to American music as an advocate, a visionary and a builder. Over a legal career […]

OBITUARY: Jazz legend Benny Carter, 95

Benny Carter, whose career spanned 8 decades, not only bared witness to nearly the entire history of jazz but in many ways shaped it, redefining the role of the alto saxophone, prepping it for its role in swing-era jazz through his stellar ideas as a soloist and his innovations in arranging.

OBITUARY: Ellis Freedman, Legal Counsel to American Composers, 82

Ellis J. Freedman, a pioneer in the field of intellectual property law who served as legal counsel to Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and others from three generations of American composers, died on June 16, 2003 from cancer. He was 82 years old. Freedman (b. May 3, 1921 in Albany, NY) practiced law in New York […]

OBITUARY: Herbie Mann, Revolutionary Jazz Flutist, 73

Herbie Mann Herbie Mann, who redefined jazz by insisting that the flute was part of its sonic palette, died on Tuesday in his cabin just outside of Pecos, New Mexico. His death was the result of an eight-year battle with inoperable prostate cancer. Mann was both an instrumentalist and a composer, whose music blended jazz […]

BMI Smiles Upon Student Composers

Just the Facts 2003 BMI Student Composer Award Winners: Mason Bates, Age 26 Ben S. Jacob, Age 26 James D. Norman, Age 23 Robert Janusz Pierzak, Age 19 Joel Puckett, Age 25 Joseph Sheehan, Age 22 Nathan Shields, Age 19 Jeffrey Stanek, Age 19 Dan Visconti, Age 21 William Schuman Prize Winner: (Work judged “most […]


It’s July and we’re again celebrating that quintessential and sometimes amorphous sense of American independence. And another perennial activity that we always need to be doing in the music world is examining how individual or independent artists, of all kinds, are faring in advocating and presenting their work in the shadow of whatever the mainstream […]