Publisher to rep new Corea, Benoit works.

Music publisher Boosey & Hawkes, known for its extensive classical music catalog, is expanding the range of its offerings to include catalogs from the world of jazz.

Boosey & Hawkes will represent all forthcoming works from the catalogs of pianist/composers Chick Corea and David Benoit, and the Second Floor Music catalog, which features some of the best-known compositions of the bop and post-bop eras. The works include concert pieces, media scores and album tracks.

"Boosey's jazz initiative is a natural progression of our mission to publish the leading creative lights in music of our time," says Jenny Bilfield, president of the publisher's New York office. "This will be a thrilling artistic partnership, and the B&H team will enjoy bringing this rich and varied repertoire to new audiences and interpreters."

Corea is one of the most admired and prolific jazz composers. His catalog ranges from simple children's 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 will be the exclusive agent for existing works (from 1995 forward) and forthcoming pieces. On July 1, his piano concerto premieres in Austria as part of Vienna's Mozart Year celebrations.

Benoit has 23 solo recordings to his credit and is a sought-after conductor who has led the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Dresden Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra and many others. He is also the music director of the Asia-America Symphony Orchestra.

Benoit has scored several films and television shows, including more than 10 years of composing music for Charles Schultz's "Peanuts" TV specials on CBS. His compositions include a piano concerto, "The Centaur and the Sphinx," and a symphonic score, "Kobe," which are the first two works in his new publishing deal with Boosey & Hawkes.

Second Floor Music includes more than 3500 works. It represents works by Clifford Brown, Ray Bryant, Kenny Dorham, Roy Hargrove, J.J. Johnson, Hank Mobley, Rene Rosnes, Bobby Watson and James Williams among others.