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Hayward Wins Monk Competition

Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra trombonist Andre Hayward took first place, and a $20,000 scholarship prize, at the 16th annual Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition held over the weekend in Washington, D.C. Hayward, 30, is a native of Houston, but now lives in New York City. His program, which included Monk’s “Pannonica,” Curtis Fuller’s “Time Off” and one of his original competition, wowed trombonist judges Steve Davis, Fuller, Grachan Moncur III, Julian Priester, and Steve Turre and set Hayward apart from the other 10 competition participants. Hayward has played with Betty Carter, Roy Hargrove and Russell Gunn, among others, and appears on recent discs like Dave Holland’s What Goes Around and Slide Hampton’s Spirit of the Horn.

Second place honors and a $10,000 scholarship went to David Gibson, 33. The $5,000 third place award went to Noah Bless, 35. A fourth place prize of $2,500 was awarded to Karin Harris, 23, and a $1,000 fifth place prize was presented to Marshall Gilkes, 24.

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