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Students of the Monk Institute to perform in Los Angeles

October 26, 2007

The students of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, hosted by Loyola, will perform as part of the institute’s trumpet competition and tribute to music icon and 10-time Grammy® winner Herbie Hancock. The event takes place October 27 and 28 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The concert features special performances by multiple Grammy award-winning artists Sting and Joni Michell along with other legendary musicians, including Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Nancy Wilson, Wayne Shorter, Chris Botti, George Duke, George Benson, Terence Blanchard, and Roy Hargrove. The tribute concert is part of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition and benefits jazz education programs in New Orleans and Los Angeles.

The Jazz Competition is the most prestigious jazz competition in the world. Each year, the institute attracts the brightest young jazz talent in the world to compete for a series of scholarships. This year, the competition features jazz trumpeters, with the semi-finalists performing before a panel of judges including Quincy Jones, Herb Alpert, Terence Blanchard, Hugh Masekela, Clark Terry, and Roy Hargove at Schoenberg Hall on the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance is well respected and known for its achievements in furthering jazz performance and education among youth. In April 2007, the institute’s jazz performance graduate-level college program was relocated to the campus of Loyola as part of their “Commitment to New Orleans” initiative. The largest initiative in the institute’s 20 year history, the “Commitment to New Orleans” is an education and community investment aimed to help in the revitalization and restoration of post-Katrina New Orleans using jazz as a catalyst to bring people together. The program aims to embody the institute’s mission “to foster the next generation of jazz greats, educate young people about jazz, and help to expand and perpetuate the music while engaging the institute’s students and jazz artists in various community service projects throughout New Orleans.” Every dollar raised though the benefit will go to support and maintain this and other extraordinary programs.

The competition and landmark tribute concert airs nationwide on Black Entertainment Television (BET) at a later date.

For more information or to request media credentials to cover this event, please contact Andy Gelb or Kelly Stephens of PMK/HBH public relations at (310) 289-6200.

For more information about the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance program, call 504-865-2100 or visit www.monkinstitute.org

For more information about The Recording Academy® Los Angeles Chapter, visit www.grammy.com

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