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Thelonious Monk Institute Brings High School Jazz Sextet to Boston

Public schools will take part in peer-to-peer education program and performance

Antonio Hart

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz will introduce its “Peer-to-Peer” jazz education program in Boston public schools beginning today, May 7 through this Friday, May 11. Combining performance with educational information, these “informances” will be presented by six music students from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts who participate in the Institute’s National Performing Arts High School Jazz Program. They will be featured with jazz saxophonist and Grammy nominee Antonio Hart, vocalist (and former winner of the Monk Institute International Jazz Vocal Competition) Lisa Henry and jazz educator Dr. J.B. Dyas. Each school visit will include an assembly program featuring a musical performance for all students, followed by jazz workshops for each school’s jazz band and choir with the visiting student performers playing alongside and sharing ideas with their Boston counterparts.

The six Los Angeles students selected to participate in the Boston tour include guitarist Ari Berrong-Huber, 17; saxophonist Jasper Dutz, 18; pianist Mokichi Kawaguchi, 18; bassist Sarah Kuo, 17; drummer Adrian Cota, 16; and trombonist Kalia Vandever, 16.

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