BMI to host the 33rd Annual Jazz Composers Workshop at Dizzy’s Club NYC, June 13
The BMI Jazz Composers Workshop will showcase the best big band and orchestral jazz compositions produced throughout the year at its 33rd Summer Showcase Concert, with two sets held June 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET and 7:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. at Dizzy’s Club in New York City.
Each seat will feature the BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra, a 17-piece modern repertoire ensemble of leading New York musicians, performing eight new compositions, four performed during each set, developed in the studio this season. Additionally, both sets will feature new commissions from last year’s winners, Tracy Yang and Chuck Iwanusa. For tickets and more information, please click here.
Music Director Andy Farber will return for a sixth year to lead the program alongside Assistant Music Director and three-time GRAMMY nominee Alan Ferber. Farber teaches jazz composition and arrangement at the Juilliard School in New York and has written arrangements for legendary artists such as Shirley Horn and Jon Hendricks, as well as symphony orchestras including the Boston Pops Orchestra. Outside of the jazz arena, Farber also composes music for media including television commercials, TV shows, web series, documentaries and feature films. Returning for the second year, Ferber is an accomplished trombonist, composer and arranger who has written arrangements for Broadway star Shoshana Bean, as well as Joni Mitchell and the Atlantic Brass Quintet. Currently, Ferber is an adjunct professor of jazz studies at New York University’s Steinhardt School, but has served as a professor at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair University, the Peabody Institute at Johns University Hopkins and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. .
“After last year’s virtual season, Alan and I are excited to return to present the 33rd Summer Showcase Concert in person,” said Farber. “This year’s group of talented composers have remained resilient during the pandemic and have created eight truly compelling works. We are thrilled to be able to share these selections with live audiences once again with the help of BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra. “
Since its founding in 1939, BMI has been deeply involved in the jazz community. The continuation of the Jazz Composers Workshop – even in the midst of a global pandemic – is a testament to BMI’s dedication to the jazz community and its workshop members.
“We are thrilled to present the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop Summer Showcase at the legendary Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center,” said Patrick Cook, Senior Director of Jazz and Musical Theater at BMI. “It is always a remarkable experience to watch these talented composers transform the way we hear jazz today with their unique styles. Through their hard work, creativity and year-round dedication, we are able to perform these amazing compositions in front of a live audience, and one will walk away with the Charlie Parker Award at the end of the night.”
Following the second set performances, the BMI Foundation will award the 23rd annual Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Award to the author of the best new work composed during this year’s BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop, determined by three judges, Marcus Printup, Michael Abene and Rufus Reyd. Past judges have included Alan Broadbent, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, Darcy J. Argue, John Fedchock, Ingrid Jensen, Slide Hampton and more. This year’s winning composer will receive the Manny Albam Commission, named in memory of the Atelier’s co-founder and longtime musical director, to compose a new piece for the 2023 showcase. The 2021 award winners, Tracy Yang and Chuck Iwanusa, will premiere their commissioned work during this year’s show at 9:30 p.m.