The legendary pianist says he’s ‘humbled’ by the change.
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, established in 1986 in Washington DC, will change its name in 2019 to become ‘The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz’. The Board of Trustees announced the news yesterday following a conversation with representatives of the Monk Estate. Apparently the decision was unanimous, as they praised the legendary pianist and 14-time Grammy winner for his “immense contributions to and impact on music, education and humanity”. Hancock has been the Chairman of the Institute for the last 15 years, he’s a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and founder of International Jazz Day held every April 30th.
Herbie said, “Having the Institute named in my honor is tremendously humbling and represents a profound moment for my family and me. I’m looking forward to continuing in my role as Institute Chairman and carrying on and expanding the organization’s important worldwide jazz education and humanitarian initiatives.”
The Institute’s mission is to offer the world’s most promising young musicians college level training by internationally acclaimed jazz masters and to present public school music education programs for young people around the world. All of the Institute’s programs are provided free of charge to students, schools and communities worldwide. The Institute says its mission is to preserve, perpetuate and expand jazz as a global art form, and utilise jazz as a means to unite people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities. Read the full announcement here.