Since 1995, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance has offered aspiring young jazz musicians intense training and interaction with a variety of visiting jazz masters through an innovative college program. Every two years, a small group of the most talented young jazz musicians from around the world is selected to participate in the program. In addition to receiving full scholarships and stipends to cover living expenses, the students are mentored by the greatest living jazz masters who pass on their knowledge through private and ensemble instruction. Artists-in-Residence have included Herbie Hancock, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Lewis Nash, John Scofield, Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Danilo Perez, Barry Harris, Benny Golson, Jason Moran, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Mark Turner, Kenny Barron, Dianne Reeves, Stefon Harris, Kurt Elling, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Slide Hampton among others, along with former Artistic Directors Ron Carter and Terence Blanchard. As part of the program of studies, the students participate in outreach programs throughout the United States and abroad. Past travel has included Cuba, Egypt, India, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Panama, Italy, Morocco, Israel, Sweden, Mexico and France among others.

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