AccuJazz Internet Radio Featuring Melissa Aldana, Other Recent Monk Contest Champs


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AccuJazz Internet Radio is now featuring the music of Melissa Aldana along with other recent winners and finalists of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition on its Emerging Voices channel. The channel has always exclusively played music by the younger generation of musicians, so it is a perfect fit to feature musicians awarded in the contest, which is the jazz world’s highest honor for young jazz artists. As with all AccuJazz Internet Radio channels, Emerging Voices is free to listen and available 24/7.

The annual competition, now in its 27th year, focuses on a different instrument each year. This year, judges Jane Ira Bloom, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis, Wayne Shorter and Bobby Watson made history by making saxophonist Melissa Aldana the first-ever female instrumentalist to win the competition. Past winners and finalists include big-name jazz stars like Joshua Redman, Chris Potter, Jane Monheit, Jacky Terrasson and Seamus Blake.

AccuJazz’s Emerging Voices channel is featuring Aldana’s music as well as the music of many other recent winners and finalists. The channel still includes hundreds of great songs by musicians unaffiliated with the Monk contest, but with an extra dose of the Monk musicians. Below is a complete list of all of the featured artists:

Melissa Aldana - 2013 saxophone winner
Colin Stranahan - 2012 drums finalist
Emmet Cohen - 2011 piano winner
Cecile McLorin Salvant - 2010 vocals winner
Cyrille Aimee - 2010 vocals finalist
Ben Williams - 2009 bass winner
Joe Sanders - 2009 bass finalist
Jon Irabagon - 2008 saxophone winner
Tim Green - 2008 saxophone finalist
Quamon Fowler - 2008 saxophone finalist
Ambrose Akinmusire - 2007 trumpet winner
Jean Caze - 2007 trumpet finalist
Michael Rodriguez - 2007 trumpet finalist
Tigran Hamasyan - 2006 piano winner
Gerald Clayton - 2006 piano finalist
Aaron Parks - 2006 piano finalist
Lage Lund - 2005 guitar winner
David Mooney - 2005 guitar finalist
Gretchen Parlato - 2004 vocals winner
Kellylee Evans - 2004 vocals finalist

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