Originally scheduled for last October, the annual Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition is now set for December, 2018.
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz is on a mission to “offer the world’s most promising young musicians college level training by internationally acclaimed jazz masters and to present public school music education programs for young people around the world,” according to it’s organizers. Each year, the institute hosts a competition for musicians under 30, in order to seek out the most talented up-and-coming “jazz masters.”
Last year, the competition was supposed to take place in October 2017, but after an unspecified delay, the date is set for December 2-3, 2018. The same chosen contestants will compete in semi-finals and finals based on the judgement of Herbie Hancock, Joanne Brackeen and Danilo Pérez. The winner will receive a $25,000 music scholarship and a recording contract with the Concord Music Group.