Jean Caze at the Thelonius Monk 2007 Int'l Jazz Competition

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Jean Caze at the Thelonius Monk 2007 Int'l Jazz Competition

Post by Guysanto » Sun Nov 04, 2007 12:12 pm

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Jean CAZE at the Thelonius Monk 2007 International Jazz Competition
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2007 10:53:51 -0400
Los Angeles, CA

Last night Sunday October 28th history was made at the world famous Kodak Theater, as young Haitian musician Jean Caze came out in SECOND PLACE in the Thelonious Monk 2007 International Jazz Competition. For his extraordinary skill in playing his trumpet, he received a $10,000 cash scholarship, performing before a legendary panel of judges including Quincy Jones, Herb Alpert, Terence Blanchard, Hugh Masekela, Clark Terry and Roy Hargrove. Afterwards, music legends and icons such as Chaka Khan, Sting and Joni Mitchell engaged in an all-star tribute to 10-time Grammy winner Herbie Hancock. The competition and tribute will air nationwide on BET.

For more info please visit: Monk Institute http://www.monkinstitute.org/competitio ... ge=COMP-TC

Biography of Jean Caze:

Winner of the 2006 International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition, and the 2004 National Trumpet Jazz Competition, Jean Caze has emerged as one of today's most exciting new voices in jazz. Though only twenty-four, Jean has performed with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Najee, Arturo Sandoval , John Fadis, Randy Brecker, and Bob Mintzer, to name a few. Jean also played with the legendary rock group “Chicago” live on NBC, and has opened for the Wynton Marsalis Quartet. Most recently, the Haitian-born trumpeter opened for tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath and Roy Hargrove at Lincoln Center in for Jazzmobile's 40th Anniversary celebration.

Jean began playing the trumpet at age nine and says, “It took three days to get any sound at all out of it”. He went on to be awarded scholarship after scholarship to attend some of the country's top musical institutions, including the Julliard MAP (Music Advancement Program) where he received his first formal training and the Queens College CPSM (Center for Preparatory Studies in Music) program. Upon graduation, Jean was awarded the Caroll Glenn Award -- the highest honor awarded by the academy.

Jean's diverse musical abilities have won him numerous awards and recognition, including a free trumpet from VH1's Save the Music program, and a chance to perform with the elite Grammy High School Jazz Band during the 2000 Grammy Awards ceremony. One of Jean's many scholarships led him to the prestigious Manhattan School of Music where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree.

Jean has received abundant praise from critics, peers and jazz enthusiasts alike who have taken to Jean's lyrical tone and tasteful ideas. He has been hailed a “True Improviser” and even compared to Miles Davis by fellow trumpet player Carl Saunders. Though his roots are solidly planted in jazz, Jean can flawlessly switch between genres.

With a sound compared to the likes of Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis, it is no wonder that Jean Caze has achieved such astounding success as a trumpet player. Look out for this young and upcoming artist for there is no limit to where his talent can take him.[/quote]

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Post by Guysanto » Fri Nov 09, 2007 8:09 am

Just a few weeks ago, we had not heard his name. Now this young artist, 24, has made a splash in the Haitian Jazz music lover's consciousness. Fast on the heels of receiving second place honors at the very prestigious Thelonious Monk jazz competition, we hear that he will soon be playing at S.O.B's (on the bill with Mozayik and Mushi Widmaier... more details later) and also at the Tribeca Jazz Music Forum.

We still have not heard him, but what a conspicuous entry in the upper echelon of great Haitian musicians. We can't wait...

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