Jazzmeia Horn Wins Monk Institute Competition

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Sunday November 22, 2015

From The Huffington Post

Quincy Jones Receives Herbie Hancock Humanitarian Award
By: Philip David Morton

The evening was also when the Thelonious Jazz Institute could shine. Widely regarded as the world’s most prestigious jazz competition, each year this contest features a different musical instrument and major scholarships and prizes are awarded to talented young musicians. For 28 years the competition has launched musical careers and the Institute gives scholarships to over 3000 high schools country wide. Seven of the musicians in the big band onstage attend the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance graduate level college program, at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

The evening celebrated three finalists of the jazz vocal competition, selected from 10 semi-finalists in competition the day before. They were vying for a $25,000 scholarships and a recording contract. The winner of the evening, Jazzmeia Horn, who’s rendition of ‘Moan’ a jazz standard, was superb, was handed her scholarship check by John Burk, President of Concord Music Group who also awards the recording contract.

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