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Bill Clinton To Receive Monk Institute Honor

By , Editor | The Jazz Line

Bill Clinton is due to be honored at the Thelonious Monk Institute’s Jazz Trumpet Competition.

The tenor saxophonist (and former President of the United States of America) has been selected to receive the Maria Fisher Founder’s Award, which is reserved for people who have offered “major contributions to the perpetuation of jazz music and the expansion of jazz and music education in schools around the world,” before performing at an all-star concert after the competition before receiving the

From numerous public performances across the U.S., from The Arsenio Hall Show and at The White House, to state sponsored trips around the world for jazz masters and students, to his local jazz awareness efforts in public school music programs, no one can deny that Clinton’s love of jazz pervaded every aspect of his presidency.

The 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition and All-Star Gala Concert will take place at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, CA on November 9. The event will feature 3 young trumpet players performing for the opportunity to win scholarships and prizes worth more than $100,000 and a recording contract with Concord Music Group, the company behind jazz legends like Benny Golson, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, and Bill Evans.

The competition will be judged by an all-star panel that includes Ambrose Akinmusire, Terence Blanchard, Randy Brecker, Roy Hargrove, Quincy Jones, and Arturo Sandoval. After the competition, winners will be celebrated with an all-star concert set to feature the likes of Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Marcus Miller, Terri Lyne Carrington, and many more.

Aretha Franklin, George Benson, B.B. King, Quincy Jones, Wayne Shorter, Clark Terry, and Stevie Wonder also stand as just a few of the past recipients of the Founder’s Award.

Trumpet players that are under the age of 29 and rooted in the jazz tradition are encouraged to apply for the competition on the Monk Institute website. The deadline for submissions is September 5, 2014.

Just in case you’ve forgotten whether Mr. President has chops, check him out improvising over “All Blues” in the video below:

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