two years the seven students have learned from the 'jazz masters' and have worked intimately together in the classroom and on stage to form a cohesive jazz ensemble. The graduates will thank founding sponsors with a short performance of original compositions at an intimate pre-graduation luncheon for friends and family of the students and the Monk Institute. Special honorees of the day include, Aretha Franklin and Clark Terry who will receive honorary doctorates at the 3 p.m. commencement ceremonies. Senator Ted Kennedy will give the commencement address. The seven graduates of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance come from varied backgrounds and represent the nationalities of five countries. WHO: The class of seven -- trumpeter Darren Barrett (England), saxophonist Ignaz Dinne (Germany), guitarist Ofer Ganor (Israel), trombonist Jamal Haynes (U.S.A.), bassist Keala Kaumeheiwa (U.S.A.), pianist Helen Sung (U.S.A.), and drummer/steel pan player Sean Thomas (Trinidad) Aretha Franklin -- Recipient of Honorary Doctorate Clark Terry -- Recipient of Honorary Doctorate Senator Ted Kennedy -- Commencement Speaker Thelonious Monk, Jr. -- Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Robert Freeman -- President of New England Conservatory WHEN: Sunday, May 18, 1997 12:15 p.m. -- Brunch (limited attendance, please call for invitation) 3:00 p.m. -- Graduation WHERE: New England Conservatory 290 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA Luncheon -- St. Botolph Building, Room 118 Graduation -- Jordan Hall The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance is a two-year college-level program dedicated to teaching its students about jazz theory, tradition and performance through instruction by jazz masters and providing outstanding performance opportunities. The program is part of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, a non-profit jazz education organization founded in 1986 by the Thelonious Monk family and the late Maria Fisher, a former opera singer and lifelong devotee of music. CONTACT: Sarah Reis, 202-973-0345, for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.
SOURCE Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz