Explore Jazz at Boosey & Hawkes, including music by David Benoit, Chick Corea, Andrew Hill and the historic catalogs of Jazz Workshop, Inc. (The Works of Charles Mingus) and Second Floor Music. B&H anticipates additional composer signings to its distinguished jazz roster this year.
Spring 2006 ushered in a brand new tradition at Boosey & Hawkes—jazz publishing. B&H signed eminent pianist/composers Chick Corea and David Benoit and secured a worldwide agency agreement for the Second Floor Music catalog, which features some of the best-known compositions of the bop and post-bop eras. In April of 2007, B&H was honored to add late jazz legend Andrew Hill to its distinguished roster of composers. As of October 2007, through an agreement with Jazz Workshop, Inc., Boosey & Hawkes now administers Jazz Workshop's rights to Charles Mingus' compositions for synchronization and choreographic uses and also anticipates making certain works available for rental in the near future.
35th Annual International Association for Jazz Education Conference
Boosey & Hawkes is pleased to present the IAJE 2008 panel session:
MUSIC WITHOUT BORDERS
Featuring David Benoit and Paquito D'Rivera
Moderated by Adina Williams, Boosey & Hawkes, Inc
January 12, 2008, 5PM, Industry 2 E. Meeting Room 206-Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Duke Ellington said, "There are only two kinds of music—good music and bad." In this spirit, attendees will enjoy an intimate conversation with leading jazz musicians who have crossed boundaries, finding inspiration in classical, new contemporary music and beyond. For more information, please go to: www.iaje.org
Brand New Jazz Band Charts
Selected as an Editor's Choice by JW Pepper, David Benoit's "Cafe Rio" is now available for band. From the 2006 David Benoit CD “Full Circle,” here is the lead-off tune in a marvelous adaptation for jazz ensemble. Arranger Mike Tomaro stays true to the lively Latin style of the original while providing solo space for piano and well-crafted and interesting ensemble statements. For more informaton and an audio sample, please click here.
Recorded by Chick Corea and Origin on the CD “Change,” "Little Flamenco" is a high-energy syncopated number filled with intricate melodies and creative harmonies. This challenging arrangement will stretch your players a bit but provide a valuable and rewarding performance experience. Please click here for more information and an audio excerpt.
More on Jazz
Chick Corea has been commissioned by the Istituto Musicale Sammarinese on the occasion of the "International Piano Competition Republic of San Marino 2008." Chick has been engaged to write three new piano works, one new piece for each level of competitor: Piano Soloists (adult), Piano Duos (adult), Young Talents (up to 12 years of age). The “Allegro Vivo” Music Association will present this international piano event, now in its third year, at the Concordia Theatre in Borgo Maggiore from September 18-28, 2008. For more information about the competition and mention of Chick's involvement, please click here. Also, check out Chick's "Check Blast" from his Chick Corea Elektric Band To the Stars CD in the fourth edition of the best-selling XBOX Gotham Racing videogame. Click here for more details.
The Asia America Symphony Association has commisioned David Benoit to write a new work for Spanish guitar and orchestra. The world premiere is scheduled for June 2008 in Los Angeles. More details to come. Please click here to learn more about the Asia America Symphony.
Boosey & Hawkes is pleased to add the music of Charles Mingus to its growing catalog of distinguished jazz and classical works. One of the most important figures in twentieth century American music, Charles Mingus was a virtuoso bass player, accomplished pianist and renowned bandleader and composer. Please click here for the B&H press release.
Andrew Hill, Quincy Jones and Gunther Schuller (in the category of jazz advocacy) were among six musicians named as National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters for 2008. The Jazz Masters were announced October 2, 2007 at a ceremony hosted by NEA Chairman Dana Gioia at the Jazz at Lincoln Center venue named after trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, who was among the first group of Jazz Masters in 1982. The award, the nation's highest jazz honor, has now gone to 100 leading figures in jazz. For more information, please click here for the NEA website. For the new Andrew Hill memorial page, which includes reflections from jazz luminaries and fans, please click here.
David Benoit (b.1953) is not only a gifted contemporary jazz pianist and composer, with 25 solo recordings to his credit including many top-sellers, but also a sought-after conductor who has directed the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Dresden Philharmonic and is music director of the Asia America Symphony Orchestra. He has scored several films and television shows, including more than ten years of composing music for Charles Schultz’s Peanuts TV specials on CBS.
His works under the new publishing deal with B&H include two symphonic scores, Kobe and Something’s Gotta Give, as well as his recently commissioned chamber piece, Music for Two Trios. At the request of the Ahn Trio, Benoit was commissioned to write a new work for the celebrated sister trio, as part of the Laguna Beach Festival’s first series of specially commissioned works written for the festival’s artists-in-residence. Music for Two Trios, as well as his current commission-a concerto featuring a Spanish guitar soloist-reflects David Benoit’s intentional recent shift toward more classically-focused projects. Click here for David's website. To listen in on an interview with him, please click here.
Chick Corea (b.1941) is one of the most admired and prolific jazz composers of our time. First gaining notice for his work with Miles Davis’s ensembles in the late 1960s, he quickly established himself as a groundbreaking leader in his own right. His catalog ranges from solo pieces for piano to large-scale classical concert works, from straight-ahead jazz to avant-garde explorations, hard-hitting fusion, and world music. Boosey & Hawkes is the exclusive agent for both existing works (from 1995) and forthcoming pieces.
To celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Wiener Mozartjahr 2006 commissioned a new piano concerto from Chick Corea. His composition, Piano Concerto No. 2—The Continents, premiered at the Vienna State Opera House on July 1, 2006. Click here for Chick's website and here for a video interview with the jazz master.
“Andrew Hill [was] one of the most original artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, as both a pianist and a composer. He [was] one of the true geniuses on Blue Note,” Bruce Lundvall, President & CEO of The Blue Note Label Group. Click here for the B&H press release.
Legendary pianist and composer Andrew Hill defied categorization for over four decades with his enigmatic and sophisticated musical style. He had been hailed by The New York Times as “one of the 1960’s jazz heroes” and has alternately been referred to as a genius and a master by critics and colleagues alike. He was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jazz Foundation of America (1997), received the JAZZPAR Award (2003), and was named Jazz Composer of the Year five times by the Jazz Journalists Association, including this year. A champion of Hill's music, the late Blue Note Records founder Alfred Lion proclaimed Hill his "last great protégé". With over 40 recordings over just as many years, Hill consistently astounded listeners with his unorthodox compositions. Please visit Andrew's website by clicking here. To experience a clip from filmmaker Markie Hancock's documentary 15/8, which explores one composition, one rehearsal, and one performance of Andrew Hill's complex and alluring piece entitled "15/8", please click here.
Boosey & Hawkes now administers Jazz Workshop's rights to Charles Mingus' compositions for synchronization and choreographic uses throughout the world with the exception of Japan and certain territories in Europe, and anticipates making certain works available for rental in the near future. Jazz Workshop, Inc. will continue to handle all other rights to the Mingus catalogue directly.
At a memorial following Mingus’ death, Steve Schlesinger of the Guggenheim Foundation remarked: “I look forward to the day when we can transcend labels like jazz and acknowledge Charles Mingus as the major American composer that he is.” The New Yorker wrote, “For sheer melodic and rhythmic and structural originality, his compositions may equal anything written in western music in the twentieth century.” Please click here for the official Charles Mingus website.
In the field of straight-ahead jazz Second Floor Music is one of the most important catalogs with more than 3500 works. Clifford Brown, Ray Bryant, Kenny Dorham, Roy Hargrove, J.J. Johnson, Hank Mobley, Renee Rosnes, Bobby Watson, and James Williams are only a few of the major figures represented. The exclusive worldwide agency agreement with Second Floor Music gives B&H the ability to license recordings by many jazz greats of the post-war era for film, television, and commercial uses.
The Second Floor Music catalog includes the historic 1939 releases on Blue Note Records (Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis), together with such well-known titles as Lona (Mario Bauza recorded by Chick Webb’s orchestra), Boperation (Howard McGhee and Fats Navarro), Something in B Flat and Cuban Fantasy (Ray Bryant), Frame for the Blues (Slide Hampton), Long as You’re Living (Oscar Brown/Julian Priester/Tommy Turrentine), and Una Mas (Kenny Dorham). Click here for the Second Floor Music website. Also, pleaase click here to learn more about Jazz Icons-a rare series of DVDs that feature full-length concerts and in-studio perfromances by great legends of jazz and in which the SFM catalog is featured.
Clifford Brown by Francis Wolff © Mosaic Images. For more information on Francis Wolff's Blue Note photography, please visit http://www.mosaicrecords.com/photography.asp
Chick Corea © by Michael Grecco; David Benoit © by Carl Studna; Andrew Hill © by Jimmy Katz; Charles Mingus, courtesy Jazz Workshop, Inc.
Brand new jazz arrangements from Boosey & Hawkes!
David Benoit, Six P.M.
Chick Corea, Early Afternoon Blues
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From early blues to modern groove, these jazz excerpts are categorized by genre and feature highlights from composers Chick Corea, David Benoit and the Second Floor Music catalog.
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