01/01/12

Tribeca PAC to Present Top 3 Monk Competition Winners

Monk in Motion to showcase Kris Bowers, Joshua White and Emmet Cohen

Monk in Motion: The Next Face of Jazz, a partnership between the Tribeca Performing Arts Center and the Thelonious Monk Institute, will presents the top three winners of the annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.

First Place winner Kris Bowers will appear Saturday, January 28, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 general admission/Mainstage members $20 and students, seniors $15.

Since his arrival in New York, Kris Bowers has shared the stage and/or recorded with jazz artists such as: Terell Stafford, Vincent Herring, Louis Hayes, Casey Benjamin, and Kenneth Whalum III. In addition, he has continued working in a number of other genres, performing and/or recording with: Murs, Q-Tip, Josè James, Jay-Z and Kanye West. Kris can be heard on Kanye West and Jay-Z’s latest album, Watch the Throne. He has also had the good fortune to perform for notable individuals like Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and President Barack Obama.

First Runner Up Joshua White will appear Saturday, February 11, at 7 p.m.. Tickets are
$25 general/Mainstage members $20/students, seniors $15.

Pianist Joshua White is a remarkably gifted young jazz performer, classical pianist, and composer. He began formal piano training at the age of seven and became the organist and pianist for the Encanto Southern Baptist Church by age 10. Recently, Joshua won second place honors at the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition in Washington D.C.

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Pete Souza

President Obama meets Monk Competition finalists (l. to r.) Emmet Cohen, Joshua White and Kris Bowers

Second Runner Up Emmet Cohen will appear Saturday, February 18, at 7 p.m.
$25 general/Mainstage Members $20/students, seniors $15

At 21, jazz pianist Emmet Cohen plays with the maturity and confidence of a seasoned veteran. With astonishing technique and an innovative harmonic palate, Emmet engenders a deep musical bond with his audience. Cohen has shared the bandstand with a plethora of musical luminaries, including Christian McBride, Benny Golson, Joshua Redman, Dave Holland, Patti Austin, Maceo Parker, Carmen Bradford, Billy Hart, and many others. He is completing a music degree at the University of Miami where he studies with Brian Lynch, Terence Blanchard, Shelly Berg, and Martin Bejerano. Emmet regularly appears as a sideman and leader on both piano and Hammond B3 Organ in New York and Miami.

Tribeca Performing Arts Center is located at 199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007. For more information visit Tribeca PAC.

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