Fil-Am wins international jazz competition
WE'REÂ glad to hear from The Jazz Society of the Philippines, USA that a Filipi no-American, Jon Irabagon, has just won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. Jon, said to be the first Filipino to win this competition that is ranked no. 1 in the world in terms of prestige, won a $20,000 scholarship and a record cont ract with Concord Music Group, one of the leading jazz labels in the US. Raised in Chicago, Jon has been playing the saxophone since he was eight years old. He cinched his historic victory at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. We can ât wait to watch the new FilAm pride -- he will perform at the 4th Annual Filip ino-American Jazz Festival at the Catalina Bar & Grill, also in Hollywood, on December 27.
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