The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music today announced the appointment of multiple Grammy Award winners and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter as UCLA professors. The two jazz greats are part of the school’s Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance.
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA is a two-year graduate-level program that accepts one ensemble of musicians for each class; the current class includes seven students. The students, known as Thelonious Monk Fellows, will be taught each month by Hancock and Shorter throughout the academic year. Hancock and Shorter will share their musical philosophies and knowledge learned from their years of playing with the architects of jazz. Additionally, the professors will lead master classes open to all UCLA students.