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Andre Hayward Wins 2003 Monk Competition

L to R: Wayne Shorter, Andre Hayward, Marshall Gilkes, Karin Harris, Noah Bless, David Gibson and Herbie Hancock
L to R: Winner Andre Hayward with Robert Hurst and past winners Darren Barrett and Jimmy Greene

Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra trombonist Andre Hayward handily won the $20,000 scholarship prize in the 2003 Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Competition held at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

The finalists, all undoubtedly accomplished musicians, have recorded with musicians ranging from Joe Williams and Nancy Wilson to Aretha Franklin and Toots Thielemans. The second place scholarship, of $10,000, went to 33-year-old David Gibson. The Eastman School of Music graduate hails from Mobile, Ala. Noah Bless, 35, of Cambridge, Mass., won the $5,000 third prize. He holds a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. The only woman to reach the finals took fourth-place: 23-year-old Karin Harris of Seattle graduated this May with her master’s degree in jazz studies from the University of Southern California. Fifth-place winner Marshall Gilkes, 24, of Camp Springs, Md., studied jazz at the University of Northern Colorado and William Paterson University. He took home a $1,000 prize. The Thelonious Monk Institute’s Jazz Composers Competition Award also went to a trombonist, Ilja Reijngoud, a 30-year-old from Leiden, Netherlands.

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