Loonis McGlohon Young Jazz Artist Competition
Apr 14 , 2018 • The Jazz Garden Tent at Romare Bearden Park
The free jazz performances scheduled for Sunday, April 15, 1:00-5:15 PM at the Jazz Pavilion at Levine Center for the Arts have been relocated to Knight Underground, located below Knight Theater. The Student Jazz Band Showcase will be performed at 2 PM in Knight Theater as planned.
Charlotte legend Loonis McGlohon was a world-renowned master musician, composer and visionary. In recognition of his many decades as a composer, writer, and jazz ambassador, Blumenthal Performing Arts and The Leon Levine Foundation established the Loonis McGlohon Young Jazz Artist Competition as a tribute to this special individual.
This competition is designed to celebrate the musical achievements of exemplary students, as well as prepare them for their futures as jazz artists. From the total number of applicants, up to 10 finalists will be selected to perform at the Loonis McGlohon Young Jazz Artist Competition on Saturday, April 14, 2018 during the Charlotte Jazz Festival. The competition will be judged by a panel of musicians from the renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and each finalist will receive critiques from these artists during the competition. The winners of the competition will receive funding designated to enhance their music education; first place will receive $3,000, second place will receive $2,000, and third place will receive $1,000. Winners will also be offered assistance in booking performance opportunities for special Charlotte area events, and funding has been allocated to provide honorariums for the competition winners’ performances.
The competition is free and open to the public, so come and cheer for your favorite student!
2018 Loonis McGlohon Young Jazz Artist Competition Finalists:
Grayson Boatwright, Age 17, Grade 12, Guitar, Ardrey Kell High School, Charlotte, NC
Lovell Bradford, Age 17, Grade 11, Bass, North Mecklenburg High School, Charlotte, NC
Ben Eidson, Age 18, Grade 12, Alto Sax, Dreher High School, Columbia, SC
Elijah Freeman, Age 17, Grade 12, Tennor Sax, Butler High School, Charlotte, NC
Eric Law, Age 18, Grade 12, Alto Sax, Cedar Ridge High School, Chapel Hill, NC
Thomas Michaels, Age 18, Grade 13, Piano, UNCSA, Hickory, NC
Caleb Pitman, Age 18, Grade 12, Trumpet, The Fine Arts Center (Greenville), Greer, SC
Griffin Ross, Age 18, Grade 13, Tennor Sax, UNCG, Hillsborough, NC
Michael Sztyber, Age 16, Grade 10, Piano, East Mecklenburg High School, Charlotte, NC
Ben Taylor, Age 18, Grade 12, Guitar, The Fine Arts Center (Greenville), Greer, SC
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