Adam Cote '06, an alumnus of The Hartt School, is a semi-finalist in the 22nd annual Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition, to be held at the Smithsonian and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, October 10, and Sunday, October 11. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obamawill serve as the honorary chairs of the event.
The Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition is widely regarded as the most prestigious jazz competition in the world. Each year, the competition features a different musical instrument, and major scholarships and prizes are awarded to talented young musicians.
This year's competition will feature the bass. Cote is one of 15 outstanding young jazz bassists who have been selected to compete before a panel of jazz greats, including David Baker, Ron Carter, Charlie Haden, Dave Holland, Bob Hurst, Christian McBride, and John Patitucci.
Cote grew up in Poughquag, N.Y. and began playing electric bass at the age of 13. He attended The Hartt School, where he studied with Nat Reeves. During his sophomore year, Cote shifted his focus to double bass. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in music, he received a master's degree from SUNY Purchase. This year, Cote was a participant in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program. He is the house bassist at the Small's Tuesday night jam session.
Cote and the other semi-finalists will perform on Saturday. Three finalists will perform with a group of jazz all-stars at the Kennedy Center on Sunday, followed by the awards announcement.
Scholarships and prizes totaling over $100,000 will be awarded to finalists, with a first place award of a recording contract with Concord Records and $20,000 scholarship, second place award of a $10,000 scholarship, and third place award of a $5,000 scholarship. The scholarships are geared to help pay tuition for college-level jazz education studies and provide.