Tivon Pennicott, B.M. ‘08, Finalist in 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition

September 18, 2013 — Coral Gables, FL — Frost School of Music alumnus Tivon Pennicott, B.M. '08, was named "second place winner" in the finals of the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition held at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater in Washington D.C. on September 16, 2013. At the finals he performed Sonny Rollins’ “Strode Rode” and Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile." The first place winner was Melissa Aladana and the third place winner was Godwin Louis. This year’s competition judges included a distinguished panel of saxophonists: Jane Ira Bloom, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis, Wayne Shorter and Bobby Watson.

Pennicott was among 13 semifinalists who were selected to perform the prior evening, before advancing to the final round.

Originally from Marietta, Georgia, Tivon Pennicott, 27, graduated from the Frost School of Music in 2008 and went immediately on the road with guitarist Kenny Burrell. He moved to New York in 2009 and began performing as a sideman with top artists including an extended stint with Grammy Award winning Esperanza Spaulding on her Radio Music Society tour. He now performs with the Roy Hargrove Big Band, Gregory Porter and many more while working on his own projects.

Through its annual Competition and numerous year-round educational programs across the United States and internationally, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz is committed to identifying and training the world’s leading young jazz musicians who will preserve the traditions of jazz while expanding the music in new directions.

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Tivon Pennicott, B.M. '08, performs at the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, held at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.