UCLA Spotlight

Jazz greats join forces

  • Published Apr 15, 2011 9:45 AM

Renowned jazz musicians Herb Alpert, Kenny Burrell and Herbie Hancock have launched a groundbreaking partnership between the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, a nonprofit organization devoted to jazz education.

The collaboration will enable six to eight talented young musicians to study and perform together in an ensemble during a two-year institute program, with the option of pursuing the newly created master of music degree in jazz at the Herb Alpert School of Music. The students will be mentored by leaders in the world of jazz while receiving a comprehensive education in music theory, composition and performance from classical and world music experts at UCLA, as well as instruction in the business of music, marketing and outreach.

As part of the program, visiting jazz masters and students in the program will present master classes at UCLA and community outreach programs across Los Angeles. Each student will provide free music instruction at a Los Angeles public school at least once a week. The students will also perform across the United States and internationally.

Read the complete press release in the UCLA Newsroom

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