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Norwegian Lage Lund Wins 2005 Thelonious Monk Competition

Guitarist Lage Lund’s straightforward-style jazz performances won him the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition on Monday night at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C.

Lund, a 27-year-old Norwegian-born, Brooklyn-based musician, is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and was the first guitarist enrolled in the Julliard Institute for Jazz Studies. Lund was awarded the $20,000 first prize after being selected from three finalists and 10 semifinalists by a panel of jazz guitar heavyweights Pat Martino, John Pizzarelli, Earl Klugh, Bill Frisell, Stanley Jordan and Russell Malone.

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