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Thelonious Monk Competition and All-Star Concert Set for DC in September

Jazzed Magazine • News • August 22, 2013

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The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz recently announced that the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition and All-Star Gala Concert will take place at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 16. The 2013 Competition and Gala is made possible through generous support from Cadillac, the presenting sponsor for the weekend.

This year’s Competition will feature 14 of the world’s most outstanding young jazz saxophonists who have been selected to perform before a panel of jazz greats including Jane Ira Bloom, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, and Bobby Watson. Three finalists will be selected to participate in the Competition Finals on September 16 at the Kennedy Center, vying for scholarships and prizes totaling more than $100,000 including a $25,000 first place scholarship and a guaranteed recording contract with Concord Music Group.

Following the three finalists’ performances at the Competition Finals, an All-Star Gala Concert will bring together some of the biggest names in jazz, including John Beasley (Musical Director), Brian Blade, Terri Lyne Carrington, Vinnie Colaiuta, Kurt Elling, James Genus, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis, T.S. Monk, John Patitucci, Danilo Pérez, Take 6, Cassandra Wilson and others. Additional talent will be announced shortly.

At the concert, the Institute will present the legendary Wayne Shorter with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his extraordinary, six-decade career as a saxophonist, educator and composer. In the Institute’s nearly 30-year history, this is only the second time the award has been presented, the first being to Quincy Jones in 1996. There will also be a special tribute to the late George Duke, a longtime friend and supporter of the Institute, who was scheduled to serve as the evening’s Musical Director. Many of Duke’s longtime musical collaborators will perform in his memory.

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