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Award presentation to 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition 1st place winner Marquis Hill by Herbie Hancock and John Burk, multi-Grammy Award winning producer and Chief Creative Officer of the Concord Music Group.
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Saxophonist and member of the Thelonious Monk Institute Class of 2016 Daniel Rotem is being featured on Berklee's homepage! Daniel and fellow Berklee alums performed to sold-out crowds at this year's Monterey Jazz Festival. The festival also featured numerous members of the Institute family, including Lionel Loueke, Melissa Aldana, Marcus Miller and Institute Chairman Herbie Hancock.

Forbes Magazine's Barrett Wissman reviews last month's Competition & All-Star Gala: "The proof is in the pudding, and the importance and inspirational message of the Institute’s work was in full evidence Sunday night." Read the full article here.

Many thanks to all who helped make the 2014 All-Star Gala a rousing success! The audience enjoyed stunning performances by an array of artists, including Institute Chairman Herbie Hancock, Pharrell Williams, Wayne Shorter, Kevin Spacey, Jimmy Heath, Queen Latifah, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Melissa Aldana, Joshua Redman and many more. We were also pleased to honor President Bill Clinton with the Maria Fisher Founder's Award for his many contributions to celebrating and perpetuating jazz over the years. Check out photos from the event here.

Congratulations to the three winners of the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition: Marquis Hill (1st), Billy Buss (2nd) and Adam O'Farrill (3rd)! Thanks also to all 13 competitors for inspiring us this weekend. The future of jazz trumpet is indeed in good hands!

Thanks to Delta State University for showing us true Southern hospitality during our visit! We were thrilled to have such appreciative, receptive audiences for our most recent interactive education program on the blues and jazz. Read the article here.

Congratulations to legendary trumpeter and arts patron Herb Alpert on his feature in The Hollywood Reporter's August 22nd Philanthropy Issue, which also features the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance. The Institute is proud to be playing a role in the continuing evolution of jazz music, made possible in large part through Alpert's generosity.

Read the full feature here!

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We were saddened to learn of the passing of renowned bassist, composer, educator and NEA Jazz Master Charlie Haden. In addition to repeatedly serving as an artist-in-residence for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and teaching in the Institute's Los Angeles public school programs, Haden adjudicated both of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Bass Competitions. They simply wouldn't have been the same without him.

Our condolences to all those who knew and loved Charlie. Read the National Endowment for the Arts' statement (and view a wonderful video tribute) here.

Congrats again to all the winners of DownBeat Magazine's 62nd Annual International Critics Poll, and particularly to 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition winner Cécile McLorin Salvant for topping a whopping four categories!

Kudos also to 2007 Trumpet Competition winner Ambrose Akinmusire for his win in the trumpet category!

We really enjoyed seeing Keep On Keepin' On', Alan Hicks' moving documentary on Institute Co-Founder Clark Terry, at AFI Docs. Check out this piece from The Hollywood Reporter for some fascinating background on the film.

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