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Monk Institute joins efforts to raise money for the Old Algiers RiverFest

March 5, 2010

On March 11, River Festivals Foundation Inc. will join with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance to present "Jazz for the Ages," a concert that pairs students with master musicians. The event takes place at 7 p.m. in Roussel Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex, Loyola University New Orleans.

Performers include traditional jazz clarinet virtuoso Dr. Michael White, jazz singers Banu Gibson and Phillip Manuel, and 98-year-old jazz trumpeter Lionel Ferbos, considered New Orleans' oldest working musician, and a regular performer at Palm Court Jazz Cafe.

Tickets are available for $20 general admission and $10 for seniors and students. To purchase tickets, visit www.montage.loyno.edu or call the Loyola Box Office at 504-865-2074.

Proceeds from the event assist in producing the two-day Old Algiers RiverFest, allowing it to remain a free event for the public. Proceeds also help to fund musicians who visit classrooms as part of “Jazz Notes,” the festival’s educational outreach arm.

Now in its sixth year, the Old Algiers RiverFest pays homage to traditional jazz, which was born in New Orleans near the turn of the 20th century, and to the river that transported the sound to the rest of the nation and, ultimately, the world. Featuring music, local cuisine, arts and crafts and children's activities, the festival will be held April 17 and 18 at the levee near the Algiers Ferry terminal. For more information, visit www.oldalgiersriverfest.com.

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, a nonprofit jazz education organization, was founded in 1986 in memory of the legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Sphere Monk. The institute fosters the next generation of jazz greats by offering the world’s most promising young musicians college-level training by internationally recognized jazz masters, educating young people around the world about jazz through innovative public school initiatives, and presenting a wide range of programs that help expand and perpetuate America’s indigenous musical art form. Four-time Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard is the program’s artistic director. Visit the Monk Institute at www.monkinstitute.org.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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