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We are pleased to announce the Semifinalists for the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition! These 13 talented trumpet players will compete for over $100,000 in scholarships and prizes on November 8-9 in Los Angeles, CA. Click here for more info.

Tickets now on sale for the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition & All-Star Gala! Visit the Dolby Theatre to purchase yours today! Proceeds from the 2014 Gala benefit the Institute's education programs across the United States. Gala Packages are also available.

Thanks to Delta State University for showing us true Southern hospitality during our visit! We were thrilled to have such appreciative, receptive audiences for our most recent interactive education program on the blues and jazz. Read the article here.

Congratulations to legendary trumpeter and arts patron Herb Alpert on his feature in The Hollywood Reporter's August 22nd Philanthropy Issue, which also features the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance. The Institute is proud to be playing a role in the continuing evolution of jazz music, made possible in large part through Alpert's generosity.

Read the full feature here!

Our mid-year newsletter is out! Learn how the Institute continues to change lives around the world through jazz education - click here

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We were saddened to learn of the passing of renowned bassist, composer, educator and NEA Jazz Master Charlie Haden. In addition to repeatedly serving as an artist-in-residence for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and teaching in the Institute's Los Angeles public school programs, Haden adjudicated both of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Bass Competitions. They simply wouldn't have been the same without him.

Our condolences to all those who knew and loved Charlie. Read the National Endowment for the Arts' statement (and view a wonderful video tribute) here.

Congrats again to all the winners of DownBeat Magazine's 62nd Annual International Critics Poll, and particularly to 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition winner Cécile McLorin Salvant for topping a whopping four categories!

Kudos also to 2007 Trumpet Competition winner Ambrose Akinmusire for his win in the trumpet category!

We really enjoyed seeing Keep On Keepin' On', Alan Hicks' moving documentary on Institute Co-Founder Clark Terry, at AFI Docs. Check out this piece from The Hollywood Reporter for some fascinating background on the film.

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