Purpose

Joe Sanders, First Runner Up in the 2009 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition


BMCC Tribeca PAC, in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute, proudly presents Monk in Motion: The Next Face of Jazz.  Monk in Motion will feature the top three finalists of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.  Each year, more than $60,000 in scholarships and prizes are awarded to talented young musicians and composers. The competition also focuses on a different instrument every year.  This year’s focus will be the bass and one of the three finalists will be featured at each of the events scheduled throughout the series.


Joseph Sanders was raised with the sound of the Church, and he showed interest in the bass at an early age. Upon receiving a scholarship for inner-city youth, he studied with Catherine McGinn, an accomplished bassist in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He moved to New York and emerged himself in the city’s vibrant jazz scene, sharing the bandstand with a wide range of musicians. Currently, Sanders plays and records with many up-and-coming jazz musicians. In his words: “I’m lucky enough to have found my calling. I hope to be able to touch people and make a difference in their life through the magic of music.”


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