Lifestyle

Herbie Hancock Jazz Institute Semifinalists Announced

Competition Dec. 2-3 in D.C.

Twelve young jazz guitarists from around the world will compete Dec. 2-3 in the 2019 Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Guitar Competition to be held in D.C.

The semifinalists include Cecil Alexander of Muskegon, Michigan; Joseph Bell of Princeton, New Jersey; Will Brahm of Portland, Oregon; François Chanvallon of Paris; Lucian Gray of Toronto; Max Light of Bethesda, Maryland; Armen Movsesyan of Los Angeles; EvgenyPobozhiy of Seversk, Russia; Matt Sewell of St. Louis; Juan Vidaurre of Caracas, Venezuela; Tal Yahalom of Jerusalem; and Francesco Zampini of Rome.

The aspiring musicians will perform for 15 minutes in the semifinals round before an all-star judging panel from noon to 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 2 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.

The judges will select three finalists to perform in the Competition Finals on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Northwest.

At stake will be more than $150,000 in scholarships and prizes, including a $30,000 first-place scholarship and guaranteed recording contract with Concord Music Group.

The evening will culminate with an All-Star Gala Concert featuring performances by Herbie Hancock, Dee DeeBridgewater, Bobby Watson, Musical Director John Beasley and others.

Proceeds from the competition and All-Star Gala Concert will support the Institute’s public schools’ education programs in D.C., Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, Newark, San Francisco and the Mississippi Delta.

Tickets for the semifinals are free of charge but limited and will be distributed starting at 11 a.m. by the Smithsonian Associates at the museum on a first-come, first-served basis.

Concert tickets are $35 to $125 and may be purchased via the Kennedy Center box office in person, by calling 800.444.1324, or online at www.kennedy-center.org.

Information regarding VIP packages, which include a post-event VIP Cast Party, is available from the Institute at 202.364.7272.

Tags
Show More

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Washington Informer Newspaper, 3117 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC, 20032, http://www.washingtoninformer.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Back to top button

Subscribe today for free and be the first to have news and information delivered directly to your inbox.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Washington Informer Newspaper, 3117 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC, 20032, http://www.washingtoninformer.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact
Close

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker