The Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition is hailed as the most prestigious jazz competition in the world, launching the careers of some of today's jazz sensations, such as Joshua Redman, Jane Monheit, Marcus Roberts, Tierney Sutton, Joey DeFrancesco, and many more. This year's Competition will feature vocals and will be judged by an illustrious panel including Patti Austin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin, Al Jarreau, and Dianne Reeves. This year's Competition will also shine the spotlight on The Great American Songbook and pay tribute to some of the greatest songs and songwriters of all time. The tribute concert will immediately follow the Competition and feature some of the most well known vocalists from around the world who will perform timeless classics that have served as a foundation for modern American music.
Aretha Franklin will be the recipient of the 2010 Maria Fisher Founder's Award in honor of her long-time support of jazz, music education, and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. All proceeds from the concert will be allocated to support public school jazz education programs in Washington, DC and across the country.
Performance Timing: Part One - 1 hour; Intermission - 20 min.; Part Two - 1 hour
All events and artists subject to change without prior notice.