College Program hosts jam session at blue whale, Tuesday, April 3

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble will continue its monthly feature at Los Angeles jazz spot blue whale on Tuesday, April 3. The group will kick things off at 9 pm (doors open at 8 pm) with an hour-long set of standards and originals, followed by a jam session open to all. Instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome.

The Institute’s college program has been a consistent presence at blue whale since establishing itself at the nearby UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in 2012. Both current students and recent graduates are a familiar sight in the intimate club, whether as headliners, side-players—or even just listeners.

The Class of 2018 performs at blue whale in 2017.

Opened in 2009 by jazz vocalist Joon Lee, blue whale is still in its first decade, yet has garnered widespread recognition. NPR calls it “a jazz hub” and “the definitive room for hip, progressive, youthful jazz.” With a varied billing that includes a litany of up-and-coming Los Angeles-area musicians as well as established acts like Jane Monheit, Jason Marsalis, Gerald Clayton and Steve Coleman, the venue is making its mark as LA’s jazz hot spot.

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