Sitka Jazz Festival
Thu-Sat, Feb 6-8

The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble at UCLA returns for the third year to the Sitka Jazz Festival to present clinics and a concert featuring special guest vocalist Gretchen Parlato, an alumna of the Institute and UCLA. In honor of Black History Month, workshops include an in-depth study of jazz masters, focusing on recordings and influences on other musicians, including Institute namesake Herbie Hancock. The 25th annual festival brings jazz musicians from around the world to the island community of Sitka, Alaska, to teach, inspire and perform in a supportive environment for students and the community.

Jam Session at
The World Stage
Mon, Feb 24 ~ 9pm
Celebrate Black History Month at the recently redesigned World Stage Art, Education & Performance Gallery at a jam session hosted by the Hancock Institute Ensemble. The heart of L.A.’s African American cultural community, the Stage was founded in 1989 by master jazz drummer Billy Higgins and poet and community arts activist Kamau Daáood. Musicians of all ages and skill levels are welcome to participate!
UCLA Jazz Combos Concert
Mon, Mar 2 ~ 7pm
Schoenberg Hall + livestream
The UCLA Jazz Combos Concert features student jazz combos performing standards and original works, directed by Clayton Cameron, Charley Harrison, Roberto Miranda, Charles Owens, and Michele Weir, with special guests the Hancock Institute Ensemble. The combos range in size from three to 10 musicians, allowing student musicians the opportunity to explore composition and improvisation more intensely.
MindfulMusic Concert
Wed, Mar 4 ~ 12:15pm
Semel Institute Auditorium
MindfulMusic inspires healthcare, one concert at a time. Members of the UCLA campus and community are invited to gather together and take a break away from your clinic, classroom or work space to refresh your mind with the healing power of music at a live lunchtime concert by the Hancock Institute Ensemble at UCLA.
Jam Session at bluewhale
Tue, Mar 10 ~ 9pm
Aspiring and established musicians are invited to participate in a jam session at the legendary bluewhale live jazz club and art gallery in L.A.'s Little Tokyo. Hosted by the Hancock Institute Ensemble, the evening begins with a 60-minute set of new original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards.

Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble at UCLA

LENARD SIMPSON Alto Saxophone | CHRIS LEWIS Tenor Saxophone

These musicians are students at the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. This intensive, graduate-level college program enables a select group of the world’s most promising young musicians to study tuition-free with legendary jazz artists and educators including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, Jimmy Heath, John Scofield, Lewis Nash and Danilo Pérez, among others.

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