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Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA

About this Artist

Eight extraordinary young jazz musicians – collectively known as the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble at UCLA – present high-profile concerts and lead jazz education and community outreach programs around the world, under the mentorship of their acclaimed instructors including jazz legends Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Each student will attain a Master of Music in Jazz Performance degree from The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, one of the nation’s top music schools, after completing this intensive, two-year scholarship program in spring 2023.

The Class of 2023 includes tenor saxophonist Art Baden, alto saxophonist Devin Daniels, vocalist Darynn Dean, trumpeter Julien Knowles, bassist Emiliano Lasansky, drummer Benjamin Ring, pianist Javier Santiago, and clarinetist Matthew Stubbs. This class has studied with jazz artists including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Walter Smith III, Terri Lyne Carrington, Dick Oatts, Billy Childs, Gretchen Parlato, Carl Allen, Gerald Clayton, Louis Cole, John Escreet and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.

Launched in 1995, this master’s degree college program enables a select group of the world’s most gifted young musicians to study tuition-free with major jazz musicians and educators. Twelve classes of students have graduated and gone on to pursue successful careers as professional jazz musicians and educators. The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz is a nonprofit education organization established in 1986. Its mission is to offer the world’s most promising young musicians college level training by internationally acclaimed jazz masters and to present public school-based music education programs for young people around the world.