Dustin Kaufman (Music and Music Education Ed.M. ’12) a Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition Finalist ☆

| September 19, 2012

Jazz drummer Dustin Kaufman (Music and Music Education Ed.M. ’12) has been selected as one of the 12 semifinalists for the 25th Annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, to be held on Sept. 22 and 23 in Washington. Presented by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the competition is widely regarded as the most prestigious of its kind, with the winner receiving a $25,000 music scholarship and a recording contract with the Concord Music Group.

Dustin will play a 15-minute set this Saturday in front of an all-star panel of judges and a live audience of about 600 at the Smithsonian Institute.  His fellow finalists hail from around the world, including Germany, Slovenia and Israel.

From these 12 semi-finalists, 3 finalists will be chosen to play the next evening at a Kennedy Center gala, “Women, Music and Diplomacy,” in honor of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. The concert will feature performances by Aretha Franklin, Chris Botti and Herbie Hancock.

The gala will be broadcast by BET, and the semifinals will be streamed online at the Web sites of the Smithsonian Institution and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.

Congratulations, Dustin!

As a Jazz drummer, Dustin has had the opportunity to play with many Jazz greats including trumpeter Nicolas Payton, saxophonists Chris Potter, Jerry Bergonzi and Charles McPherson, as well as pianists Aaron Goldberg and Jason Moran.  Dustin plays regularly at area clubs, including Smalls, Sweet Rhythm and the Iridium Jazz Club. He’s also performed at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center as well as the Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Kaufman attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. He received his Undergraduate Degree from The New School in New York, and his Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music.  He will receive his Ed.M. with Certification from TC in October, 2012.

Dustin is a full-time musician and has his own private studio; he offers drum set lessons and can be reached at dustinkaufman4@aol.com.  Visit his website at http://dustinkaufmandrums.com/