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College Program hosts final jam session at blue whale, Tuesday, June 5

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble will conclude its monthly feature at Los Angeles jazz spot blue whale on Tuesday, June 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 […]

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Jazz in the Classroom students participate in 2018 DCPS Music Festival

Performance is a critical component of any jazz education program. Students from the Institute’s Washington, D.C. Jazz in the Classroom program had the opportunity to do just that on Monday as part of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ annual DCPS Music Festival. Jazz ensembles from Woodrow Wilson High School and the […]

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International Jazz Day 2018 Comes to a Close Following Celebratory Concerts in St. Petersburg and New Orleans

International Jazz Day 2018 came to a phenomenal close this evening in St. Petersburg, following an extraordinary All-Star Global Concert at the historic Mariinsky Theatre that capped off several days of educational outreach programs across the city. The concert, led by artistic co-directors Herbie Hancock (USA) and Igor Butman (Russia), was streamed live by the […]

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International Jazz Day Weekend to Launch with Special Broadcast on PBS

The International Jazz Day 2018 weekend gets off to a strong start on April 27 at 10 pm / 9 pm central with a special PBS broadcast of “International Jazz Day from Cuba.” The program features performances by more than 50 world-renowned artists, including Institute Chairman Herbie Hancock, Chucho Valdés, Esperanza Spalding, Marcus Miller, Kenny Garrett, College […]

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Photos from an International Jazz Day Salute to New Orleans

The April 22, 2018 “International Jazz Day Salute to New Orleans” was a rousing success. A stormy forecast did nothing to dampen the spirits of the more than 1,000 people who packed the historic Orpheum Theatre to see Institute Chairman Herbie Hancock and renowned New Orleans Trumpeter Terence Blanchard lead an all-star tribute to the […]

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Program Announced for International Jazz Day 2018 in St. Petersburg, Russia

Paris, Washington, D.C. April 9, 2018 —The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock today announced the programme for the 2018 edition of International Jazz Day, with events in Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation), this year’s Global Host City, and over 190 countries around the world. A series of educational and outreach […]

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International Jazz Day Salute to New Orleans Concert to take place April 22 in Congo Square

To launch the International Jazz Day 2018 celebration, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will present a special International Jazz Day Salute to New Orleans concert recognizing the 300th anniversary of the City of New Orleans. Taking place Sunday, April 22 at 2 […]

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National Performing Arts High Schools group, Wayne Escoffery to perform at the U.S. Department of Education, April 6

Students from the Institute’s National Performing Arts High Schools program will participate in an educational jazz “informance” on Friday, April 6 in Washington, D.C. as part of a partnership with the United States Department of Education. Accompanied by master saxophonist and Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance graduate Wayne Escoffery, the students will treat DC […]

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All-Star High School Jazz Sextet to Tour Fargo and Sioux Falls Public Schools for April Peer-to-Peer Program

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz announced today that its Peer-to-Peer jazz education program will visit Fargo and Sioux Falls public schools from April 16-20. Accompanied by renowned teaching artists Don Braden and Lisa Henry, six of the country’s most gifted high school music students will present educational “informances” (informational performances) and workshops for thousands […]

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Producer Larry Klein visits College Program, shares decades of musical experience

Renowned bassist and producer Larry Klein visited the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance earlier this month to conduct a seminar and discussion with the Class of 2018. The GRAMMY Award® winner listened to the students perform their original compositions and offered feedback from a producer’s perspective. Klein also discussed his past experience and current […]

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