A new chapter begins. Historic first Hancock institute competition. Details via the press release: 

2019 Guitar Competition To Take Place December 2-3 in Washington, D.C.

Applications due October 11, 2019

Washington, D.C —The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Competition will be presented on December 2-3 in Washington, D.C. Open to musicians age 30 and under from across the globe, this year’s competition will shine a spotlight on the guitar.

For over three decades, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Competition played a pivotal role in identifying and empowering the next generation of jazz musicians, educators, and influencers. Building upon this important legacy, the newly minted Hancock Institute Competition represents a changing of the guard for one of the jazz world’s most renowned institutions.

The Semifinals of the 2019 Guitar Competition will be held on Monday, December 2nd, from noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Smithsonian Institution. The semifinalists will compete before an all-star panel of judges including jazz guitarists Stanley JordanRussell MalonePat MethenyChico PinheiroLee Ritenourand John Scofield. Each semifinalist will perform for 15 minutes accompanied by a professional rhythm section.

From this group, the judges will select three finalists who will perform in the final round at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday evening, December 3rd. At stake is more than $150,000 in scholarships and prizes, including a $30,000 first place scholarship and guaranteed recording contract with Concord Music Group; a $15,000 second place scholarship; and a $10,000 third place scholarship.

According to Institute Chairman Herbie Hancock, whose career epitomizes the ideals of the jazz tradition and innovation, “We look forward to discovering and hearing from the next generation of young jazz guitarists, with their innovative styles and unique approach to the music. We are particularly excited to pay homage to the guitar, which has a rich and colorful history that continues to play a pivotal role in the development of jazz. I have no doubt that this year’s Competition will show that the future of this instrument, and of our music, is in good hands.”

 

One of the biggest jazz festivals of the autumn is held each year in Barcelona. Check out the line-up for the 2019 running via its website. Herbie Hancock for instance appears on 26 October... Dave Douglas and Uri Caine on 29 October... Lizz Wright on 3 November... Makaya McCraven on 7 November... Joe Lovano and Trio Tapestry are in the Catalonian capital on 12 November... Angélique Kidjo appears on 19 November.

From Cream to Fela to Jazz Confusion. One of the greats, obviously. Listen again, again. And — again. 

Victoria Geelan

The Fermanagh Live Arts festival launch events are on 20 September to be headlined by trumpeter Linley Hamilton who will the following month be appearing as a headliner at the Cork jazz festival. Fermanagh Live festival highlights include the Dawn to Dusk poetry celebration, John Kelly reading from Notions + Irish traditional music star Gaby McArdle, jazz singer Victoria Geelan, a chess championship, jazz brunch, and the launch of Notes From Africa by Jenny Cathcart. Victoria Geelan, above, publicity photo. Festival website. Dates are 2-10 October.

Courtney Pine touring coming up includes three nights at the Boisdale Canary Wharf restaurant venue in London from 2-4 October; the sold out Ronnie Scott’s 60th Albert Hall concert on 30 October; and on 31 October an appearance at St George’s, Bristol


The erudite Anthems is to be released at the end of September on the Sunnyside label. Seems a significant release although there is only one track from Caroline Davis and Rob Clearfield’s Persona to go on so far — delivered in for want of a better term, a “New Melodic” style: let’s shrink the wait for more somehow by repeated play and a little contemplation. That heard pedal point framework is a siren to an essence of song.