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Hot blues, jazz program hits state schools
(Published: April 04, 2007)

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz today begins an intensive two-week tour of Mississippi public schools with its new curriculum, "The Blues and Jazz - Two American Classics."

The tour starts in Natchez today and continues at Jackson schools Wednesday and Thursday. Next week, it hits Oxford, Rosedale and Cleveland before concluding in Ruleville April 13.

Featured are a six-piece blues and jazz combo led by renowned saxophonists Bobby Watson and Antonio Hart, an interactive presentation with vocalist Lisa Henry and blues guitarist Alvin "Youngblood" Hart and a question-and-answer period with students. The tour includes assembly programs, jazz band clinics and vocal master classes.

Jazz drummer Thelonious Monk Jr., son of the legendary pianist and composer and chairman of the institute's board of trustees, will talk about blues' influence on jazz and the impact of both.

Funding was provided by Carolyn and Bill Powers, in memory of her grandparents, Joe Rice Dockery and Keith Dockery McLean, late owners of Dockery Farms. Located between Cleveland and Ruleville, Dockery Farms is considered by many to be the birthplace of the blues.

More Information: http://monkinstitute.org

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