ABOUT THE ARTISTSInternationally renowned jazz trumpet great Jon Faddis possesses a virtually unparalleled range and full command of the instrument, making the practically impossible seem effortless. Born in Oakland, California, Faddis began playing at age eight. He joined Lionel Hampton’s band at age 18 and was soon discovered by his mentor Dizzy Gillespie, with whom he performed numerous times. Faddis has since gone on to perform in every major venue around the globe and record well over 100 albums with such diverse artists as Anthony Braxton, Kenny Burrell, Duke Ellington, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones, Kool and the Gang, Jack McDuff, Charles Mingus, Oscar Peterson, the Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, and Frank Sinatra. His horn also can be heard on the theme of "The Cosby Show," on the soundtrack of Clint Eastwood’s films The Gauntlet and Bird, and on many commercials. Throughout his career, Faddis has directed a number of eminent jazz ensembles and currently leads the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra of New York, as well as his own quartet, which has made more than a dozen recordings. Besides being an internationally acclaimed performer, conductor, and composer, Faddis is an esteemed jazz educator and enjoys working with up-and-coming young artists. He is on the faculty of the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College-SUNY in Westchester, NY, and presents master classes, clinics, and workshops around the world. www.jonfaddis.com Rising star Tim Green is one of the top alto saxophonists on the scene today. Born and raised in Baltimore, Green attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, and later the Manhattan School of Music and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, respectively. While at the Monk Institute, Green studied, performed, and toured internationally with such jazz greats such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Terence Blanchard. He has gone on to perform around the world and record with such eminent artists as Carl Allen, Kenny Burrell, Cyrus Chestnut, Jon Faddis, Roy Hargrove, Sean Jones, Queen Latifah, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Mulgrew Miller, Jeremy Pelt, Eric Reed, and Warren Wolfe. Besides performing and composing, Green thoroughly enjoys teaching. He serves on the jazz faculty at Morgan State University and the Baltimore School for the Arts, and presents jazz workshops at high schools and universities across the country. His latest recording, Songs from This Season (True Melody Music, 2013), has received critical acclaim. www.timgreenmusic.com ABOUT THE THELONIOUS MONK INSTITUTE OF JAZZ
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz is a nonprofit education organization established in memory of Thelonious Monk, the legendary jazz pianist and composer. Monk was one of the primary architects of bebop and his impact as both performer and composer has had a profound influence on every genre of music. His more than 70 compositions are classics that continue to inspire artists in all disciplines. Monk believed the best way to learn jazz was from a master of the music. The Institute follows that same philosophy by bringing together the greatest living jazz musicians to teach and inspire young people, offering the most promising young musicians college level training by world-renowned jazz masters through its fellowship program in Jazz Performance at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in Los Angeles, and presenting public school-based jazz education programs around the world. Helping to fill the tremendous void in arts education left by budget cuts in public school funding, the Institute’s programs are provided free to the public and use jazz as the medium to encourage imaginative thinking, creativity, a positive self-image, and respect for one’s own and others’ cultural heritage. Jazz great Herbie Hancock serves as the Institute’s chairman. www.monkinstitute.orgABOUT THE JAZZ IN THE CLASSROOM PROGRAM The Institute’s Jazz in the Classroom program facilitates the education of music students who attend public high schools across the nation. The program offers them the opportunity to participate in a pre-conservatory, highly specialized performance-based jazz curriculum, study with some of the world’s most eminent jazz artists and educators, perform in a jazz combo composed of their peers, and prepare for entry into the country’s most distinguished conservatories and university schools of music. Included is instruction in Jazz Improvisation, Theory, Composition, History, and Styles and Analysis. The Institute provides each participating school with consultation regarding curriculum development and instructional methodology, residencies by Institute staff, high-profile performance opportunities, and funding for visiting guest artists and clinicians. The program also includes the presentation of peer-to-peer jazz informances around the country whereby the students, in conjunction with major artists, play and talk about jazz in an effort to educate their peers about America’s indigenous art form and the values it represents: teamwork, unity with ethnic diversity, democracy, and the vital importance of really listening to one another. www.monkinstitute.org/education ABOUT THE PRUDENTIAL FOUNDATION
The Prudential Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported by The Prudential Insurance Company of America, a subsidiary of Prudential Financial, Inc. The Prudential Foundation focuses its grant making strategy in the areas of education, economic development and arts and civic infrastructure; and it supports community engagement efforts of Prudential employees through Matching Gifts and other programs that recognize their volunteer work.For more information, full-length bios, and photos, or to schedule an interview with one of the artists and/or students, please contact: JB Dyas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 323-270-3904.