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Monk Competition To Be Held In February

There are many, many competitions jazz artists can compete in for a spot in the limelight, but the Thelonious Monk Institute’s International Jazz Competition is perhaps the most prestigious and one of the few that can turn an unknown into a known, having helped launched the careers of Joshua Redman, Jacky Terrasson, Marcus Roberts and Jane Monheit to name a few.

On February 23, 15 saxophonists will meet at the Smithsonian Institution’s Baird Auditorium to take part in this year’s competition as semifinalists, each filling their 15 allotted minutes of play time with fleet-fingered melodies, interesting intervals and whatever else it takes to impress a panel of judges comprised of Jackie McLean, Wayne Shorter, Don Braden and Joshua Redman. It’s a brave cat who’ll put themselves at the mercy of such a distinguished crew, but the prestige of winning, along with the scholarships, prizes and a chance at a major-label record deal offer more than enough incentive to blow in front of the heavyweight adjudicators.

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