The New Century Jazz Quintet wins the inaugural DCJazzPrix

The New Century Quintet has won the inaugural DCJazzPrix, a national competition created to recognize and support rising jazz-band talent. The competition, held on June 18, was hosted by the DC Jazz Festival in Washington D.C.


Based in New York City, the New  Century Quintet is co-led by pianist Takeshi Ohbayashi and drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. and features saxophonist Braxton Cook, trumpeter and vocalist Benny Benack III and bassist Yasushi Nakamura.


In addition to a $15,000 prize, the band has earned a year-long association with the DC Jazz Festival for professional development, business support and a mainstage 2017 DC Jazz Festival engagement.


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