Steve Lindeman

Some composers suffer for their art. Steve Lindeman commuted for his — from Salt Lake City to New York and back, twice a month, for three years.

That's what it took for the Brigham Young University professor to become one of the furthest f lung member s of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop. Jim McNeely, the workshop's musical director, had to have been more than a little skeptical when he first came across Lindeman's application: How could someone who lived in Utah possibly attend the required biweekly meetings in BMI's New York office, nine months out of twelve? He soon discovered how deep Lindeman's commitment — and talent — was.

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