Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz


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The Institute's goal of preserving and promoting jazz includes introducing people around the world to this great American art form.

The Institute traveled to Russia from May 13-24, 2012. Herbie Hancock and Dee Dee Bridgewater, accompanied Monk Institute Alumni Otis Brown (drums), Gerald Clayton (piano), Lisa Henry (vocals), Mike Rodriguez (trumpet), Walter Smith (saxophone) and Ben Williams (bass), performed at the Moscow International House of Music and the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. The trip also included master classes for young, aspiring music students in both cities, including a master class in the famed Hermitage Theater in St. Petersburg and the Gnesin Academy in Moscow, as well as a reception at Spaso House, the U.S. Ambassador's Residence.

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