“Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocals Competition and All-Star Gala Concert will take place November 14-15 in Los Angeles. This year’s Competition will feature the world’s most outstanding young jazz vocalists who will perform before a panel of jazz greats including Patti Austin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Freddy Cole, Al Jarreau and Luciana Souza. Legendary producer, composer, bandleader and humanitarian Quincy Jones, a 27-time GRAMMY Award-winner, will receive the Institute’s 2015 Herbie Hancock Humanitarian Award.”
The finals will take place at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, CA this Sunday. Each semifinalist will perform for 15 minutes, accompanied by pianist Reginald Thomas, bassist Rodney Whitaker and drummer Carl Allen. After the finalists perform Herbie Hancock, Andy Garcia, Jeff Goldblum and Seth MacFarlane will host the event. Artists confirmed to date include Patti Austin, George Benson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terri Lyne Carrington, Freddy Cole, Dave Grusin, Jimmy Heath, Paul Jackson, Jr., Al Jarreau, Hubert Laws, Gretchen Parlato, Arturo Sandoval, Wayne Shorter, Luciana Souza, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Ben Williams and others. John Beasley will serve as the evening’s musical director. At the All-Star Gala Concert, the Institute will present its prestigious Herbie Hancock Humanitarian Award to Quincy Jones.
Hancock said, “Congratulations to my dear friend Quincy Jones on being honored by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. I have known Q for over 50 years and there is no one more deserving of this award. I am always in awe of his superior talent, taste, creativity, and contributions to cultural innovation and charitable causes. For many decades now, he has continued to support, encourage, and nurture the younger generation of musical artists, and, now at the age of 82, Quincy is just getting started. He’s got the energy, the drive and the intense desire to ensure that the global cultural contributions of our youth will be a major factor in uplifting the human spirit for many generations to come.”
Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz is a nonprofit education organization established in 1986. Its mission is to offer the world’s most promising young musicians college level training by internationally acclaimed jazz masters and to present school-based music education programs for young people around the world. The Institute preserves, perpetuates and expands jazz as a global art form, and utilizes jazz as a means to unite people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities. All of the Institute’s programs are provided free of charge to students, schools and communities worldwide. The Institute’s programs help fill a tremendous void in arts education left by budget cuts in public school funding, and use jazz as the medium to encourage imaginative thinking, creativity, a positive self-image, and respect for one’s own and others’ cultural heritage. Jazz great Herbie Hancock serves as the Institute’s chairman. www.monkinstitute.org.
Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition
Since 1987, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz has presented the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition, recognized as the world’s most prestigious jazz competition and for discovering the next generation of jazz masters. Each year, major scholarships and prizes are awarded to the talented young musicians. The scholarships help pay tuition for college-level jazz education studies and provide funds for private, specialized instruction. Past judges have included Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis, Slide Hampton, Christian McBride, Hugh Masekela, Roy Haynes, Pat Metheny and many others.
Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocals Competition Semifinals
Saturday, November 14, 2015, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – UCLA Schoenberg Hall, Los Angeles
Tickets are free of charge and will be distributed at 11 a.m. on a first-come basis.
Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocals Competition Finals & All-Star Gala Concert
Sunday, November 15, 2015, 7 p.m. – Dolby Theatre, Hollywood
Tickets start at $40 and may be purchased at dolbytheatre.com. For premium orchestra level tickets and tax-deductible gala packages, visit monkinstitute.org/gala or call 202-364-7272.