Posts Tagged ‘Thelonious Monk Competition’

Melissa Aldana Wins 2013 Thelonious Monk Competition

Jazz history was made at the Kennedy Center Monday night. In the 27-year history of jazz's most prestigious international competition, a woman has never won in the instrumental categories. (Conversely, only women have won the vocal competitions, raising discomfiting questions about women's "place" in the music.) That precedent was shattered in this year's Thelonious Monk [...]

Arts Roundup: Politics & Prose Edition

Politics & Prose may open a second location in Georgetown. [Washingtonian]
After Navy Yard massacre, White House cancels yesterday's Musica Latina concert. [Post]
WPFW General Manager John Hughes placed on paid administrative leave. [City Desk]
D.C. native Braxton Cook didn't make it as a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Competition, but congrats to last night's winner, Melissa Aldana. [New York Times]
Memorable [...]

Jazz Setlist, September 12-18: It’s Monk Time

Friday, Sept. 13
If you're a fan of that hard-swinging, 1950s hard-bop sound, one of your spiritual fathers is likely Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, who would have turned 85 this Sunday. The Tampa-born alto saxophonist is really most famous for his work in the Miles Davis band (the Milestones/Kind of Blue era), when Miles was moving away [...]

Local Alto Saxophonist Braxton Cook Named a Monk Competition Semifinalist

This morning on the New York Times' Arts Beat blog, Nate Chinen reports on this year's batch of semifinalists for the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, which focuses on the saxophone. There are 14 musicians headed to the semifinals at D.C.'s Museum of Natural History on Sept. 15; among the semifinalists is "Braxton Cooke, of Boston."
The young [...]

Jamison Ross Wins Thelonious Monk Competition

Update 3:50 p.m. Per Nate Chinen, Ross's song titles have been added below.
Speculating on the winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, even after the finalists have performed, is useless (as I've been reminded several times recently). It's also impossible to avoid, and at intermission the Eisenhower Theater was tittering with prediction chatter—including [...]

Jazz Setlist, September 18-26: Thelonious Monk Competition

Two of the city's biggest annual jazz events, in the same week? Yup. And that's not all.
Thursday, Sept. 20
One of the best one-night showcases of jazz in the country is a staple in Washington—oh, and it's free. I speak, of course, of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Jazz Issue Forum and Concert, part of the [...]

Kris Bowers Wins 2011 Thelonious Monk Competition

"We've got the jazz stars of tomorrow," boasted T.S. Monk (known for the occasion as Thelonious Jr.) at the start of last night's Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition finals. Never has that statement rung more true; by the time the evening's three stellar piano finalists had finished performing at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater, it [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Excessive Rocking

The last time America was in an economic depression, a vibrant chunk of the era’s popular culture involved folk music about heroic left-wing martyrs. Alas, it’s not quite the same this time. If it was, Lady Gaga might be celebrating the legacy of Joe Hill, the Industrial Workers of the World organizer executed by a [...]

Jazz Setlist, Sept. 8-14: An Embarrassment of Riches

Remember how I said that September was when the magic would happen? Behold, this week, where I severely cherry-picked the week's offerings and am still having to do an extra-long column.
Friday, September 9

There are so many things about The Cookers that scream "All-Star Band." The truth, though, is that they are an All-Should-Have-Been-Stars Band. Organizers [...]

“It’s More Than a Whisper”: A Conversation With Gretchen Parlato

Los Angeles native Gretchen Parlato is among an elite group of musicians who made their breakthrough in Washington, D.C.: She was the winner of the 2004 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition for Vocals. Seven years and three albums later, Parlato is one of the most acclaimed and closely watched singers in jazz, and her star [...]

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