The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz just announced its semi-finalists for its 2019 International Guitar Competition, and we’re thrilled to share that JazzU alum, Matt Sewell, has made the list! It’s been quite a year for Sewell, a guitarist who studied at JazzU from 2013-2016. He also spent time this summer touring, and as part of the rhythm section in the orchestra for the highly successful opera in jazz, “Fire Shut Up In My Bones.”
Sewell will compete against eleven other guitarists in Washington D.C. in December for scholarship money and a chance at a guaranteed recording contract with Concord Music Group. The panel of judges includes a list of internationally acclaimed jazz guitarists: Stanley Jordan, Lionel Loueke, Russell Malone, Pat Metheny, Chico Pinheiro, Lee Ritenour and John Scofield. The competition (formerly known as the Thelonious Monk Competition), focuses on a different instrument each year and has been responsible for launching the careers of many important musicians, including recent Jazz St. Louis guests, Joey DeFrancesco and Joshua Redman, among others.
We’re incredibly proud of our former student, and extend our congrats to Matt Sewell and his family. Moments like these are also a time for us to reflect on the fortune we have of working with amazing and generous community partners and financial supporters, without whom we could not bring our programs to children to develop and nurture their talents. Thank you for your ongoing support. We look forward to continuing our work together to foster the education and careers of our young musicians.
To read more about this exciting competition and subsequent All-Star Concert and Gala, visit the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz website.
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