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Monk Institute Helps Revitalize New Orleans

Herbie Hancock (pictured), Wayne Shorter and Terrence Blanchard played at Loyola University in New Orleans last Monday, April 2, to celebrate the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz’s move from L.A. to New Orleans. The jazz legends were joined in performance by the Monk Institute’s incoming class during the announcement festivities.

The Institute unveiled its “Commitment to New Orleans,” a plan to revitalize post-Katrina New Orleans in the coming four years through key partnerships with area universities. Though Loyola University is the actual new location of the Monk Institute for Jazz, Tulane University, the University of New Orleans, and three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Dillard, Southern and Xavier) were all named as part of the New Orleans Consortium.

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