Art by Billy Dee Williams
IMPORTANT: Tickets are free and no advanced registration is required. Ticket distribution will occur at the door on Monday, October 9, 2017 starting at 12 noon.
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz celebrates Thelonious Monk’s 100th birthday with the 2017 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition Semifinals. This historic event was launched in 1987 at Baird Auditorium in the National Museum of Natural History. This year we celebrate the Competition’s 30th anniversary.
The current competition features some of the world's most talented young jazz pianists performing for an illustrious judging panel that has included Herbie Hancock, Marcus Roberts, Vijay Iyer, and Chucho Valdes, among others.
The Competition Finals is a ticketed event that takes place at the Kennedy Center on Tues., Oct. 10, and includes an All-Star Concert featuring renowned jazz musicians and winners from previous competitions. (Purchase tickets at the Kennedy Center box office).
National Museum of Natural History
10th St & Constitution Ave, NW
Metro: Federal Triangle