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Thelonious Monk Institute celebrates 20th anniversary, announces piano competition winner

The Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz celebrated its 20th anniversary this past week, boasting all-star performances at the anniversary celebration in the East Wing of the White House as well as during the finals of the annual Monk competition at the Kennedy Center. The most prestigious competition in jazz offers its contestants a combined $35,000 in scholarships and the opportunity to perform in front of numerous jazz greats and a sold-out crowd at DC’s Eisenhower Theater.

This year’s competition showcased Monk’s very own instrument, piano, and featured three young finalists battling it out in front of a panel of judges including Herbie Hancock and Andrew Hill.

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