Alumni In The News – Emerging Jazz Superstar

12 Nov

We got word around tjonirabagon2he office about a DePaul School of Music alum who was recently awarded quite the distinguished honor.

From the Jazz Times:
The winner of the 21st annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition is Jon Irabagon, an alto saxophonist based in Astoria, New York. Irabagon will be awarded $20,000 and a recording contract with Concord Records. The competition, which is held in Los Angeles and ended last Sunday, judges young musicians and concentrates on a different instrument each year.

Chicago Reader music critic Peter Margasak gave Irabagon some kudos on his blog Post No Bills:

Earlier this year he released his first album as a leader, Jon Irabagon’s Outright! (Innova). In this impressive postbop outing, Irabagon and his excellent band–trumpeter Russ Johnson, pianist Kris Davis, bassist Eivind Opsvik, and drummer Jeff Davis–pull back from the absurdist mayhem of MOPDTK, couching heady, rigorous improvisation in elaborate compositions that shake loose from the usual theme-solos-theme structure.

Congratulations, Jon!

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