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 Winner of 2018 DC JazzPrix:
The Cornerstore  

  DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF) names Cornerstore winner of 2018 DCJazzPrix™ 

The Cornerstore (Baltimore, MD): Developed by Baltimore native, bassist Kris Funn, and based in the DMV, The Cornerstore includes his fellow Howard University alum, drummer Quincy Phillips, and guitarist John Lee.  Between them they have performed with such artists as Sean Jones, Christian Scott, Pharoah Sanders, Benny Golson, Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride, Nicholas Payton, Kamasi Washington, Hassan Hakmoun, Cyro Baptista, and Fatoumata Diawara and many others.  Cornerstore released its first album in 2017, under the leadership of first call bassist Kris Funn.  Life lessons meeting at the intersection of blues, rock, bebop and hip hop. See you at the Cornerstore.

   2nd Place 

Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead

Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead (New York, NY): Created and formed by drummer Jonathan Barber this band features Godwin Louis (alto saxophone), Andrew Renfroe (guitar), and Matt Dwonszyk (Bass). The Genesis of this band existence started at the Jackie Mclean Institute of Jazz (Hartt School of Music) 6 years ago. Jonathan, Taber, Andrew and Matt all graduated from this college building a musical bond with one another. Moving to New York is where the band met Godwin Louis completing the Vision Ahead unit. As a Quintet Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead started their debut (Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead) on January 17th-21st performing at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola. Since then Jonathan has been commissioned to host the Monday Late Night Session at Smalls Jazz Club where he features his band Vision Ahead. In May of 2018 will be the release of Jonathan Barber’s debut record entitled “Vision Ahead.” Inspired the by the loss of Jonathan’s brother back in November 2016, the musical vision represents the name of this band. Vision Ahead means to carry on a legacy forward, striving to breakthrough barriers reaching towards your goal. This bands hope is to spark a fresh musical style that is relevant with today’s generation. Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead’s repertoire is mostly original compositions. Although it is new music to the listener, it’s influences pulls from Jazz Greats such as Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Jackie Mclean, Thelonius Monk and other Jazz Greats demonstrating the concept of Vision Ahead; taking the tradition forward.

 3rd Place 

Emmet Cohen Trio

Emmet Cohen Trio (New York, NY): Committed to the intergenerational transfer of artistic knowledge, history and traditions, the Emmet Cohen Trio features multi-faceted pianist- composer Emmet Cohen, Grammy and Emmy-nominated bassist Russell Hall, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, and drummer Evan Sherman.  Between them they have worked with vocalists Kurt Elling and Lea DeLaria, NEA Jazz Masters Jimmy Heath, Ron Carter, James Moody, and Jimmy Cobb, plus the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, Billy Hart, Brian Lynch, Cyrus Chestnut, Jon Batiste and Stay Human. The trio is remembered for its range and uplifting dynamism and represents a kaleidoscopic sense of musical narrative.

The Cornerstore will begin a year-long association with the DC Jazz Festival to include: extensive publicity; customized business development and career impact services; and receipt of a highly visible 2019 DC JazzFest engagement with commensurate compensation.  In addition, the top three finalists from the DCJazzPrix will also play a (paid) New York City engagement at Tribeca Performing Arts Center, as part of Tribeca PAC's annual Jazz in Progress Emerging Band series, during the 2018-19 season.

The 2018 DCJazzPrixTM is made possible thanks to the support of Conrad Kenley, Linda and Michael Sonnenreich, and The Anne and Ronald Abramson Family Foundation.