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Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance to make New Orleans debut at the Contemporary Arts Center

Loyola press release - October 4, 2007

(New Orleans)—Musicians of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance hosted by Loyola University New Orleans will perform at “Hot Jazz,” the Art for Arts’ Sake afterparty at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans’ (CAC) Art for Arts’ Sake gallery event, Saturday, October 6th, from 6 p.m. to midnight. In addition to the musical presentations, the CAC event includes numerous art gallery exhibits.

The performance at “Hot Jazz” will serve as the debut of the current class of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance to the New Orleans community and highlights the ongoing relationship between Loyola University New Orleans and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, whose artistic director is New Orleans’ native son and internationally acclaimed trumpeter and composer, Terence Blanchard. CAC executive and artistic director, Jay Weigel, stated, “Once the [Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz Performance] came here, I wanted to give them the opportunity to perform in a world-class venue like the CAC.”

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance program is the world's most intensive graduate-level college jazz education program, attracting top young jazz musicians from around the globe to study at the Monk Institute's program, hosted by Loyola University New Orleans. The program is a tuition-free, two-year program that accepts musicians to comprise a complete jazz ensemble for each class. The students study both individually and as a small group, receiving personal mentoring, ensemble coaching, and lectures on the jazz tradition. Members of the 2007-2009 Monk Institute include, on piano, Vadim Neselovskyi, Ukraine; on bass, Joe Johnson, Independence, Missouri; on drums, Colin Stranahan, Denver, Colorado; on tenor saxophone, Jake Saslow, Long Island, New York; on trumpet, Gordon Au, Carmichael, California; on guitar, Davy Mooney, New Orleans; and on vocals, Johnaye Kendrick, San Diego, California.

In addition to entertainment by musicians from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, “Hot Jazz” features the New Orleans Jazz Vipers and the Pinstripe Brass Band; citywide art openings at various locations around New Orleans, in addition to the CAC, along Magazine Street, the French Quarter, and the New Orleans Arts District. Various cuisines and cash bars will also be available.

Admission to most gallery openings is free. There is a $10 general admission charge, free for CAC members, to the Contemporary Arts Center opening, which includes admission to the “Hot Jazz” afterparty.

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 Loyola University New Orleans contact Sean Snyder at smsnyder@loyno.edu or (504) 861-5882.

For complete details, visit the Contemporary Arts Center's website at www.cacno.org or call (504) 528-3805. Tickets to the afterparty may be purchased online or by calling (504) 528-3800.