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Winner, Finalists Named in Loonis McGlohon Young Jazz Artists Competition

October 14, 2014
Sean Mason, Loonis McGlohon Young Jazz Artists Competition, Charlotte Classic Jazz Festival

Sean Mason performs during the first Loonis McGlohon Young Jazz Artists Competition, part of the Charlotte Classic Jazz Festival. Photo by Phillip Hoffman.

Sean Mason, an 11th grader at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, is the winner of the first Loonis McGlohon Young Jazz Artists Competition. The contest was held Oct. 4 on Find Your Jazz Day, part of the Charlotte Classic Jazz Festival.

“The level of talent in this competition was amazing,” said Ralph Beck, Blumenthal Performing Arts director of education. “The judges were blown away. We can’t wait to see what happens next year.”

Charlotte Classic Jazz Festival kicked off with Find Your Jazz Day, a free event that included classes, exhibits, panel discussions, the student competition, a New Orleans-style second line jazz parade and a concert. The festival concluded Oct. 7 with a concert by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

Sean Mason, Loonis McGlohon Young Jazz Artists Competition

Sean Mason performs during the first Loonis McGlohon Young Jazz Artists Competition, part of the Charlotte Classic Jazz Festival. Photo by Phillip Hoffman.

Charlotte legend Loonis McGlohon was a world-renowned master musician, composer and visionary. Along with his dedication and gift of live performance, he was a true friend to all who encountered him in the Queen City. In recognition of his many decades as a composer, writer and jazz ambassador, Blumenthal Performing Arts and Jazz Arts Initiative established the Loonis McGlohon Young Jazz Artist Award as a tribute to this special individual. The results of the contest follow.

First Place
Sean Mason, piano
11th grade at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology

  • Competition songs: “C Jam Blues” by Duke Ellington and “Autumn Leaves” by Joseph Kosma.
  • The prizes: An opportunity to perform as a guest soloist at the April 2015 Jazz Room: Jazz Appreciation Special Edition Concert Event; $750 cash; and a $100 gift card from Music and Arts Center.

Second Place
Veronica Leahy, saxophone
8th grade at Charlotte Latin

  • Competition songs: “Swing Easy” by various and “Confirmation” by Charlie Parker.
  • The prizes: $500 cash and a $75 gift card from Music and Arts Center.

Third Place
Stephen Brock, violin
11th grade at Comenius School of Creative Leadership

  • Competition songs: “Sandu” by Clifford Brown and “Summertime” by George Gershwin.
  • The prizes: $250 cash and a $50 gift card from Music and Arts Center.

 

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