A fresh new film documenting the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition will make its premiere at the 9th Annual Temecula Valley International Film Festival in Southern California.
Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition – Director’s Cut is the work of experienced documentary director Kenneth K. Martinez Burgmaier of Maui. The documentary explores the 2002 Monk Competition, held last year at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
The film pays special attention to the saxophone portion of the competition, which was eventually won by Seamus Blake (pictured) of Canada. Wayne Shorter, James Spaulding, Don Braden, George Coleman and Joshua Redman served as the competition’s judges. The film also features interviews with an eclectic assortment including everyone from Secretary of State Colin Powell to Thelonious Monk Jr.