Juilliard has announced the names of the first eighteen students admitted to the new Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies, founded jointly by The Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Moving the AMC LibraryPhotos by Lyn Liston On June 29, 2001, the American Music Center (AMC) historic collection of more than 60,000 scores and recordings of works by American composers was transferred to The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (NYPL) at Lincoln Center. In a joint statement issued by AMC and NYPL, […]
John Adams and Michael Tilson ThomasPhoto courtesy Shuman Associates The San Francisco Symphony has announced a ten-year commissioning project with composer John Adams. The endeavor will result in the creation of four new works, beginning with a piece to be written for the SFS’s 2002-03 European Tour and culminating with a commission in celebration of […]
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.
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 […]
Olly Wilson It’s really hard to pinpoint precisely when I first wanted to be a composer because I come from a musical family. My father was a singer. As a child, I started studying the piano. As part of that, I’m sure I was already picking tunes out on the piano. I really knew I […]
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. […]
Steve MackeyPhoto by Susan Wilson, courtesy Boosey & Hawkes I decided to become a composer when I was 20 years old in 1976. I was playing in a rock band in Northern California while going to UC Davis as a physics major. Foisting our original tunes on audiences who were looking for an unobtrusive background […]
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. […]
Barbara KolbPhoto by Carlo Carnevali, courtesy of Boosey & Hawkes If I can reflect on my past for a moment, without exactly knowing just when I wanted to be a composer, I recall sitting at the piano in my grandmother’s house improvising scenarios I would create in my mind…e.g.: galloping horses, stalking scenes, rippling water […]