2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition & All-Star Gala Concert will see President Bill Clinton to Receive Maria Fisher Founder’s Award
Talent Includes Herbie Hancock, Kevin Spacey, Pharrell Williams, Queen Latifah, John Mayer,
Chaka Khan, Wayne Shorter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Taj Mahal and Dianne Reeves
Arts Spotlight: The 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition and All-Star Gala Concert on Saturday, Nov. 8 and Sunday, November 9 in Los Angeles will feature President Bill Clinton but he won’t be tooting his own horn. Rather, he will be receiving the organization’s prestigious Maria Fisher Founder’s Award for major contributions to the the expansion of jazz and music education in schools around the world. Past recipients have included Aretha Franklin, Madeleine Albright, George Benson, B.B. King, Quincy Jones, Jimmy Heath, Wayne Shorter, Clark Terry, Dr. David Baker, George Wein, Max Roach and Stevie Wonder
From the press release:
A lifelong devotee of jazz, President Bill Clinton has been a supporter of the Institute for more than two decades. The first “In Performance at the White House” event of his Administration was an evening of jazz on the South Lawn that was televised on PBS. Throughout his eight years in office, he showcased jazz at the White House on numerous occasions, and through the U.S. Department of State enabled jazz masters to travel around the world with young jazz professionals and students, serving as ambassadors and sharing America’s music with millions of people. A special highlight was the Summit of the Americas, where President Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright showcased jazz and the Institute’s musicians before 34 world leaders.
Herbie Hancock, Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, said, “We look forward to being in Los Angeles for our 2014 competition and jazz gala. This event promises to be historic, because not only are we showcasing the world’s most talented young trumpet players, we are honoring one of my personal heroes. President Clinton has been a jazz advocate for decades and supported the education programs of the Thelonious Monk Institute throughout his Presidency. He continues to be recognized for his creativity on the tenor saxophone, skills he honed during his youth through public school music programs.”
This year’s competition will feature 13 of the world’s most outstanding young jazz trumpeters who will perform before a panel of jazz greats including Ambrose Akinmusire, Randy Brecker, Roy Hargrove, Quincy Jones, Jimmy Owens and Arturo Sandoval. The trumpet semi-finalists are: Benny Benack III of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Alejandro Berti of Caracas, Venezuela; Chris Burbank of Bedford, New Hampshire; Billy Buss of Berkeley, California; Mike Cottone of Rochester, New York; Philip Dizack of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Marquis Hill of Chicago, Illinois; Alphonso Horne of Jacksonville, Florida; Aidan Lombard of Kenilworth, Illinois; Gabriel King Medd of Coralville, Iowa; Hermon Mehari of Kansas City, Missouri; Adam O’Farrill of Brooklyn, New York; and Mao Sone of Chiba, Japan.
The Semifinals of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition will be held on Saturday, November 8th at Schoenberg Hall on the UCLA campus from 12 to 5 p.m. Each semifinalist will perform for 15 minutes, accompanied by Rodney Whitaker on bass, Reggie Thomas on piano, and Carl Allen on drums. Three finalists will be selected to participate in the Competition Finals on Sunday, November 9th at the Dolby Theatre. They will vie 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.
Immediately following the three finalists’ performances at the Competition Finals, an All-Star Gala Concert on Sunday, November 9 will bring together some of the most renowned artists of our time. Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and Kevin Spacey will host the event. Special guests will include Pharrell Williams, John Mayer, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Wayne Shorter, Queen Latifah, Jimmy Heath, Don Cheadle, Chaka Khan, Goldie Hawn, Taj Mahal, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Miller, Kenny Burrell, Stefon Harris, T.S. Monk, Joshua Redman, Billy Childs, Melissa Aldana, Vinnie Colaiuta, James Genus, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Ben Williams, Kris Bowers and others. John Beasley will serve as the evening’s musical director.
The Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, often compared in stature to classical music’s International Tchaikovsky Competition and Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, is widely regarded as the world’s most prestigious jazz competition. Each year, the Competition features a different musical instrument, and major scholarships and prizes are awarded to talented young musicians.
For more than 25 years, the competition has launched the careers of a number of major jazz stars including saxophonist Joshua Redman, vocalists Jane Monheit and Gretchen Parlato, pianist Marcus Roberts, bassist Ben Williams, and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire.
These artists and dozens of others from past competitions have forged successful careers as performing and recording artists, as well as music educators to help perpetuate America’s legacy of jazz.
Proceeds from the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition and All-Star Gala Concert will support the Institute’s public school jazz education programs across the U.S. and around the world. All of these education programs are provided free of charge to students, schools and communities worldwide.
Air transportation is provided by United Airlines, Official Airline of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.
Event and ticket information:
Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition Semifinals
Saturday, November 8th, 2014, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – UCLA Schoenberg Hall, Los Angeles
Tickets are free of charge and will be distributed at 11 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.
Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition Finals & All-Star Gala Concert
Sunday, November 9th, 2014, 7:30 p.m. – Dolby Theatre, Hollywood