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2013 Thelonious Monk Institute Competition

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The saxophone is the most iconic of jazz instruments. Its image is all that is needed to invoke the music's essence, its history intimately entangled with the cultural arc of American music and urban culture. Its masters are the most recognized outside jazz circles and its sound most closely identified with the art form. To many, ...

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Monk Competition 2008: Saxophones

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Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Jazz Saxophone Competition Schoenberg Hall, UCLA Los Angeles, California October 25, 2008The 12 semifinalists at Saturday's competition this year were so close in musicianship that it was nearly impossible to determine who should be named a finalist. The 2008 Thelonious Monk ...

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Jazz & Blues: A Tribute to B.B. King

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Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Jazz Saxophone Competition and concert Kodak Theater Los Angeles, California October 26, 2008 As Poncho Sanchez opened the concert alone on stage with a serious chant aloud over his conga drums, the audience was reminded that jazz is composed of parts ...

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Monk Competition 2007: Trumpets

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Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Trumpet Competition Los Angeles, California October 27-28, 2007 The 20th annual Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz competition featured trumpeters this year, along with a concert tribute to Herbie Hancock that brought out an array of guest artists. A night to remember, the event was filmed ...

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Monk Institute Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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It is always tempting to find fault when something formerly counter-culture discovers itself embraced by the mainstream and honored by those who previously dismissed, devalued, or worse, denigrated it. For jazz, the fact that many of its founding fathers struggled against pernicious racism amplifies this tension, injecting the politics of civil rights into what is for ...


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