[JPL] Jon Irabagon

Heidi Campbell HeidiC at composersforum.org
Thu Oct 30 14:11:21 EDT 2008

This appeared in the Arts section of today's nytimes.

Jon Irabagon Wins Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition
Jon Irabagon, an alto saxophonist based in Astoria, Queens, won the 21st annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in Los Angeles on Sunday, securing the most prestigious honor available to a young jazz musician. Finishing in second place was Tim Green, of Baltimore, Md.; Quamon Fowler, of Fort Worth, Texas, was third.

The panel of judges for the competition, which focuses on a different instrument each year, consisted of heavyweight saxophonists like Jimmy Heath, Wayne Shorter and Jane Ira Bloom. They selected the three winners from a pool of a dozen semifinalists. All three finalists performed alongside the jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater on Sunday night at the Kodak Theater, in a concert that doubled as a salute to the blues legend B.B. King.

Mr. Irabagon, who will receive $20,000 and a contract with the Concord Music Group, has one album out as a leader, “Outright!” (Innova). He can also be heard on the new release by the pugnacious post-bop group Mostly Other People Do the Killing, which will appear at Zebulon in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Saturday.

Heidi Campbell
Marketing Director
Innova Records
Heidic at composersforum.org

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