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Monk Competition Semifinalists Named

A dozen drummers will vie for award and contract

Terri Lyne Carrington
2011 Monk piano competition winner Kris Bowers
Thelonious Monk

Twelve drummers from the United States and three other countries have been selected to compete as semifinalists in the 25th annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. The competition will take place in Washington, D.C., Sept. 22 and 23. All 12 semifinalists will perform at the Kennedy Center on the afternoon of the 22nd, and three semifinalists will then perform the following evening. Awards include a $25,000 first place scholarship and guaranteed recording contract with Concord Music Group for the winner, a $15,000 second place scholarship and a $10,000 third place scholarship.

According to a press release, “The evening will also feature a star-studded ‘Women, Music and Diplomacy’ Gala honoring former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, as well as an appearance by the UNESCO Director General, Irina Bokova.

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