[JPL] Monk jazz competition heads west

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Sun Oct 7 12:49:01 EDT 2007

/From the Los Angeles Times/

  Monk jazz competition heads west

By Don Heckman
Special to The Times

October 5, 2007

The Thelonious Monk Institute is bringing its International Jazz 
Competition, which has launched the careers of such artists as Joshua 
Redman, Marcus Roberts, Jane Monheit, Jacky Terrasson and Tierney 
Sutton, to the West Coast for the first time.

The 21st installment of the competition will take place Oct. 28 and 29, 
with the semifinals at UCLA and the finals the next day at the Kodak 
Theatre in Hollywood.
Jazz competition: An article in Friday's Calendar section about the 
Thelonious Monk Institute's 21st International Jazz Competition gave its 
dates as Oct. 28 and 29. The event will take place Oct. 27 and 28.

"The only time we've ever left our home at the Kennedy Center in 
Washington, D.C.," said Institute President Tom Carter, "was in 1992, 
when we went to New York City for the drums competition. This year, our 
hall, the Eisenhower Theatre, is under renovation, so we thought, 'What 
a great opportunity to take the competition to Los Angeles.' "

This year's trumpet event brings 10 players -- all under the age of 30, 
with no recordings under their own names -- to UCLA's Schoenberg Hall on 
Oct. 28 for the semifinals.

"That program," Carter said, "will be free to the public. The only event 
we do that we sell tickets for is the competition finals, which is one 
of our major fundraisers."

The finals will take place Oct. 29 at 5 p.m., with a stellar panel of 
jazz trumpeters -- Quincy Jones, Herb Alpert, Terence Blanchard, Clark 
Terry, Roy Hargrove and Hugh Masekela -- judging the three finalists.

"In addition," Carter said, "the second half of our competition finals 
is always a tribute to something, and this year we are doing a tribute 
to Herbie Hancock, our chairman. Herbie's remarkable career will be 
celebrated by a lineup that includes Sting, Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, 
Al Jarreau, George Benson, Chris Botti, Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard 
and Roy Hargrove, with others still signing on."

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