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Dates for 2005 Thelonious Monk Competition Set

This year’s Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar Competition – the 18th annual – will take place Sept. 18 and 19 in Washington, D.C. This year’s hosts include Herbie Hancock, Billy Dee Williams and special guest Quincy Jones.

The competition will be judged by Bill Frisell, Earl Klugh, Russell Malone, Pat Martino and John Pizzarelli as 10 students from throughout the globe compete for over $60,000 in scholarships and prizes. The semifinals will take place on Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. The competitions’s final round will be the following day at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. The final performance will consist of three finalists paying tribute to George Benson.

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