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Thelonious Monk Institute to Host Jazz Vocals Competition and Annual Gala in Wash, DC

All-star panel of judges to include Patti Austin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin, Al Jarreau and Dianne Reeves

Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin
Patti Austin
Dianne Reeves St. Lucia Jazz Festival
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Al Jarreau performing at 2010 West Oak Lane Jazz Festival in Philadelphia, Pa.
Kurt Elling at 2010 Tanglewood Jazz Festival

On Monday, October 4, the Thelonious Monk Institute will host its annual Gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The Gala will include the finals for the Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocals Competition, in which three finalists will compete for scholarships and prizes totaling over $100,000 including a $20,000 first place scholarship and guaranteed recording contract with Concord Music Group, a $10,000 second place scholarship, and a $5,000 third place scholarship. Those three finalists will be chosen during the semi-finals held the day before, on Sunday, October 3, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. On that day, the twelve young jazz vocalists will compete before a panel of jazz vocal greats including Patti Austin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin, Al Jarreau, and Dianne Reeves.

The 12 semifinalists are: Cyrille Aimée, Fontainebleau, France; Barbara Bürkle, Stuttgart, Germany; Lisa Gary, Great Neck, New York; Alexandra Isley, Los Angeles, California; Dana Lauren, Hartford, Connecticut; Tatiana Mayfield, Fort Worth, Texas; Ashton Nickolas Moore, Detroit, Michigan; Cécile McLorin Salvant, Miami, Florida; Richard Saunders, Simsbury, Connecticut; Charenée Wade, Brooklyn, New York; Kalil Wilson, Oakland, California; and Sarah Marie Young, Indianapolis, Indiana.

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