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Hancock Competition Reveals 2019 Semifinalists

12 guitarists from seven countries will compete for three finals slots in Washington on Dec. 2

Russell Malone
Russell Malone, seen here at the 65th Newport Jazz Festival, will be one of the judges for the 2019 Herbie Hancock Instiute of Jazz International Guitar Competition. (photo: Joseph Allen)

The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Guitar Competition, scheduled for December 2 and 3 in Washington, D.C., has announced its 12 semifinalists.

The semifinalists are: Cecil Alexander of Muskegon, Michigan; Joseph Bell of Princeton, New Jersey; Will Brahm of Portland, Oregon; François Chanvallon of Paris, France; Lucian Gray of Toronto, Canada; Max Light of Bethesda, Maryland; Armen Movsesyan of Los Angeles, California; Evgeny Pobozhiv of Seversk, Russia; Matt Sewell of St. Louis, Missouri; Juan Vidaurre of Caracas, Venezuela; Tal Yahalom of Jerusalem, Israel; and Francesco Zampini of Rome, Italy.

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