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Tom Oren Selected as First-Place Winner for 2018 Piano Competition

Washington, DC – The 2018 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition and All-Star Gala Concert came to a thrilling conclusion following the announcement of Tom Oren (24), of Tel Aviv, Israel, as first place winner of the Competition. Tom then joined a host of jazz greats onstage to perform the Miles Davis tune “Walkin’” […]

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Actor Blair Underwood to Host 2018 Competition Finals & Gala, December 3rd

The Institute is pleased to announce that award-winning actor, director and producer Blair Underwood will host the upcoming Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition and All-Star Gala Concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. on December 3rd, 2018. One of the most recognizable faces in television […]

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2018 Piano Competition to take place December 2-3 in Washington, D.C.

Weekend Includes All-Star Gala Concert Honoring Jazz Legend Dee Dee Bridgewater and Special Tribute to Longtime Institute Supporter Aretha Franklin Washington, D.C —The 30th Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Competition will be presented December 2-3 in Washington, DC. Open to musicians ages 30 and under from across the globe, this year’s competition will shine […]

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Announcement: Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz

Washington, D.C. – The Board of Trustees of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz announced today that effective January 1, 2019 the Institute will become the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz. The decision was made following a request by representatives of the Monk Estate regarding the continued use of Thelonious Monk’s name. The Board acted […]

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Institute, LAUSD present P120 keyboard to music program at Rancho Dominguez Prep

Practicing can be a lot more enjoyable—and productive—given a proper instrument! The Institute was pleased to present a donated electric keyboard to the music program at Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School this week. Institute West Coast Director Daniel Seeff presented the instrument to Rancho Dominguez band director Karin Lopez, along with LAUSD Beyond the Bell Branch Music […]

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Artist-in-Residence Carl Allen Leads Free Master Class at UCLA

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music presented the school year’s first public master class by an Institute teaching artist, featuring the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble. Artist-in-Residence Carl Allen led the session, which was offered free of charge at UCLA’s Jan Popper Theater. Hosted […]

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Institute of Jazz Performance at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Welcomes Class of 2020

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music welcomed seven talented new students to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA program today. The cohort begins two years of intensive study with the world’s greatest living jazz masters, and offers the opportunity for each student to […]

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2010 Competition Winner Cécile McLorin Salvant Featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk

National Public Radio released the latest edition of its popular Tiny Desk YouTube series today, featuring GRAMMY Award-winning vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant. McLorin Salvant, who won the 2010 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Vocals Competition, performed a four-song live set accompanied by pianist Sullivan Fortner. Reviewing the performance, NPR Music Producer Suraya Mohamed called […]

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Education VP Begins September Performing Arts High Schools Education Tour

Vice President for Education & Curriculum Development Dr. JB Dyas began a marathon tour of public schools this month as part of the Institute’s national Performing Arts High Schools (PAHS) initiative. The tour will take Dr. Dyas to six partner schools in five states and include intensive instruction for students and faculty across a variety […]

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In Memory of Aretha Franklin

The world lost a legend today. And, the Institute lost one of its most beloved friends and loyal supporters. For over two decades, Aretha Franklin has generously and graciously given her time and resources to the Institute by headlining concerts, participating in our Competition, appearing on our network television specials, and performing during International Jazz […]

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