Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition Winners to Perform at Tribeca PAC
Monk in Motion: The Next Face of Jazz is a partnership between BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center and the Thelonious Monk Institute that presents the top three winners from the renowned Annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. This year's three finalists, Jazzmeia Horn, Veronica Swift and Vuyo Sotashe, outstanding jazz vocalists, will perform with their own combos from various parts of the world.
The three separate concerts will be held every other Saturday at the BMCC Tribeca PAC starting February 20, with the jazz competitions best and brightest performing in descending order.
First Place winner Jazzmeia Horn, who has been awarded both the Rising Star Award (2012) and the First Place Prize (2013) in the Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition, is up first in February followed by Runner-Up Veronica Swift March 5.
Swift has two albums as a band leader under her belt, in addition to several festival appearances and headlining performances at major clubs such as Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC and Blues Alley in Washington, DC.
Finally, Second Runner Up Vuyo Sotashe will be rounding out the series with his performance March 19.
A native of South Africa, Sotashe moved to the NYC in 2013 after being awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to pursue Master of Music at William Paterson University. Since then, he has gone to win first prize at the very first Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2014 and performed on the festival's main stage in 2015.
Tickets for the concerts cost $25; to get yours before it's too late call the BMCC Tribeca PAC's box office at (212) 220 - 1460.