BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center Presents Monk in Motion: The Next Face of Jazz

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New York, NY: The BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center is proud to present the talented winners of this year’s Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. This year’s competition highlighted outstanding drummers. Announced in September 2012, this year’s three finalists ─ Jamison Ross in First Place, Justin Brown in Second Place and Colin Stranahan in Third Place ─ will perform three solo concerts on February 2, March 2, and February 16, respectively. Each evening begins with a FREE humanities event (panel or film screening) at 7PM followed by the concert at 8:30PM. Tickets are $25 for each concert (students/seniors $15) or $20 for TribecaPAC Mainstange Members. All performances will be held at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers Street (Between Greenwich and West St.) in Theatre 2.

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. Each concert features one winner and their combo from various parts of the world, demonstrating the versatility and variety of different jazz styles. For more information on the Institute, please visit

Additionally, we extend congratulations to Jamison Ross for winning the “Elizabeth Butson and Nancy Fox Outstanding Young Jazz Artist" award for finishing First Place. Elizabeth Butson and Nancy Fox are two lifelong friends who loved the sound of jazz and BMCC Tribeca PAC. At the concert on February 2, a $500 check will be awarded to Ross.


Jamison Ross, First Place (Saturday, February 2) Concert at 8:30PM Free Panel at 7PM - 21st Century Drummer’s Roundtable: Moderated by Willard Jenkins. With Carl Allen, Allison Miller & more TBA.

Drummer Jamison Ross, a 24-year-old from Jacksonville, Florida, won first place at the 25th annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. Ross began playing drums at the age of 3. As a high schooler at the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Ross figured prominently in the 2007 documentary “Chops” about a high school jazz band. Since moving to New Orleans to pursue a master's degree, he has also found a spot in bands led by saxophonist Wess “Warmdaddy" Anderson and pianist Henry Butler, and will appear as a supporting musician in a future episode of Treme.

Justin Brown, Runner-Up (Saturday, March 2) Concert at 8:30PM Free Film Screening at 7PM Elvin Jones Jazz Machine – 60 min.

Justin Brown, 28, from Richmond, Calif. won second place at the 25th annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. Justin started playing drums when he was just 2 years old. In August 2002, Justin was one of five select young musicians, chosen from hundreds of applicants from around the country, to receive a fellowship to participate in the inaugural Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, an intensive performance-based jazz studies program at the University of the Pacific (UOP) in Stockton, Calif. A member of the Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet, Brown works frequently with pianists Gerald Clayton and Tony Tixier and vocalist Gretchen Parlato.

Colin Stranahan, Second Runner-Up (Saturday, February 16) Concert at 8:30PM Free Film Screening at 7PM – Art Blakey: The Jazz Messenger – 78 min.

26-year-old Colin Stranahan, from Denver, Colorado, won third place at the 25th annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. By his teenage years he was already actively working on the local Denver scene, and had recorded two records as a leader. After receiving the prestigious NFAA Presidential Scholar in the Arts Award in 2005, he studied in California for one year as a Brubeck Institute fellow. Shortly thereafter he attended the prestigious college program at Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. His latest album, Anticipation, is a record that represents a collaboration with pianist Glenn Zaleski and bassist Rick Rosato.

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