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Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz 20th Anniversary Concert

Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz 20th Anniversary Concert

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Half a century ago, before there was jazz education, the Manhattan apartment of pianist and composer Thelonious Monk was more than home to him and his family. It was an all-day and all-night salon for young players and proteges. After his death in 1982, to continue the education and fellowship, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz was born, offering opportunities to promising musicians. The first Monk International Piano Competition took place 20 years ago, and the institute has looked forward ever since.

This week, we're celebrating at the Monk Institute 20th Anniversary Concert at the Kennedy Center. First, we hear two songs from the Piano Competition finals. Runner-up Gerald Clayton from Los Angeles plays a solo "Django" by John Lewis, wrapped in phrases of the "Moonlight Sonata" by Beethoven. Tigran Himasyan from Armenia plays "Cherokee," and wins the $20,000 first prize.

Then stars come out for a birthday party. Stevie Wonder receives the Maria Fisher Award, named for the Washington, D.C., classical music philanthropist who helped to found the Monk Institute. Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter improvise a duet to thank President Tom Carter, indefatigable in the growth of all the institute programs. An all-star band plays a triumphant "Four in One" by Thelonious himself. And more. Party with us!

THE PROGRAM

Lisa Henry (runner-up of 1994 Vocal Competition) introduces Gerald Clayton

Joshua Redman (winner of the 1991 Monk International Saxophone Competition) introduces Tigran Himasyan

Stevie Wonder receives Maria Fisher Award and plays "Midnight Sun" (Lionel Hampton) (excerpt)

Phylicia Rashad introduces Musical Director George Duke, piano; Wayne Shorter, soprano; Joshua Redman, tenor; John Patitucci, bass; Terri Lyne Carrington, drums
"So What" (Miles Davis)

Quincy Jones introduces Patti Austin, vocalist, on "How High the Moon"

Terence Blanchard introduces selection from the Institute of Jazz Performance Class of 2007 Tim Green, alto saxophone (Baltimore); Walter Smith III, tenor saxophone (Houston); Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet (Oakland); Romain Collin, piano (Cannes, France); Joe Sanders, bass (Milwaukee); Zach Harmon, drums (Winneconne, WI); and Chris Dingman, vibraphone (San Jose)

Jane Monheit sings "Detour Ahead" (runner-up of 1998 Vocal Competition) with Herbie Hancock, piano; Ron Carter, bass

Improvisation for Tom Carter by Hancock and Shorter

"Four in One" (Monk) performed by Terence Blanchard, Seamus Blake, James Carter, Jorge Dupor, Jon Gordon, Danilo Perez, TS Monk, Don Sickler (arranger), Bruce Williams

Recording engineer Bill Winn
Thanks to Tom Carter, Leonard Brown, Michelle Day of the Monk Institute
Sponsors are General Motors and Northrop Grumman

LINKS

: On October 27-28, the 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition takes place in Los Angeles.

CREDITS
Recording engineer Ginger Bruner at KUNV, Las Vegas
Technical Director Duke Markos
Producer Becca Pulliam
Executive Producer Thurston Briscoe III at WBGO, Newark and wbgo.org


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