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Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz to Travel to Vietnam

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz will travel to Vietnam from Nov. 22-30 in honor of the 10th anniversary of normalization of United States-Vietnam diplomatic relations. The sojourn allows the institute to serve its mission to preserve jazz music through performance and education. Herbie Hancock, chairman of the institute and a pianist and composer, will guide a diverse group of jazz artists, which includes saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter, vocalist Nnenna Freelon and the eight students that attend the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at the University of Southern California.

Because of its partnership with the U.S. Department of State, the institute has traveled around the world since 1995, performing the United States’ unique art form of jazz to everyone from groups of children to heads of state. This trip to Vietnam will include a “Jazz Thanksgiving” concert for various leaders in the Ho Chi Minh City community, a master class for students at the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music and a performance at the Ben Thanh Theatre. In Hanoi, the institute will host a master class for students at the Hanoi Conservatory of Music, perform for diplomats and cultural figures at the U.S. Embassy, lead a jam session at Minh’s Jazz Club and perform at the Youth Theatre.

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