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Manhattan School of Music Honors Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen

Jazzed Magazine • News • June 20, 2013

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Manhattan School of Music honored Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen in May as honorees of the school’s first-ever Jazz Gala as recipients of the Degree of Doctor of Musical Arts, honoris causa. Messrs. Grusin and Rosen are hailed as two of the most prominent jazz producers as co-founders of GRP Records, one of the music industry’s most successful “musician run” labels.

Dave Grusin, a 10-time GRAMMY and Academy Awardee, is one of the most highly sought composers for film.  Recent JAZZed cover star Larry Rosen produces numerous television and multimedia programs and is the creator of “JAZZ ROOTS,” a concert and educational program for performing arts centers across America. Their work has furthered jazz education in countless ways, and both have been mentors to scores of younger musicians, producers and presenters.

The Jazz Gala held on May 9th raised more than $200,000 to establish the Grusin/Rosen Endowed Jazz Scholarship at Manhattan School of Music. This scholarship will enable future jazz musicians to aspire to the level of virtuosity, artistry, and the values of “Musical Citizenship” that MSM aspires to give all its students. Messrs. Grusin and Rosen join a host of MSM gala honorees who in the past have included Conductor Kurt Masur; Soprano Barbara Cook; Violinist Pinchas Zukerman; Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Pianists Eugene Istomin and Evgeny Kissin.

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