Jazz Legends Named UCLA Professors

Grammy Award winners Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter were announced on Tuesday as the two newest UCLA professors in the school’s Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance.

“We are truly delighted to welcome Herbie and Wayne to the faculty of the Herb Alpert School of Music,” said Christopher Waterman, dean of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. “The arrival of these legends marks an important step in the growth of UCLA’s distinguished jazz program, which provides students with the opportunity to study with the renowned guitarist and NEA Jazz Master Kenny Burrell, award-winning flutist and composer James Newton and leading Los Angeles–based jazz musicians such as Dr. Bobby Rodriguez, Charley Harrison, Barbara Morrison, Michelle Weir, George Bohanon, Tamir Hendelman and Justo Almario.”

The two jazz greats will teach master-level classes open to all UCLA students.

“Wayne and I look forward to working with and guiding the new class of Monk Fellows over the next two years,” Hancock said in a statement.”These exceptionally gifted young artists are destined to become some of the most influential jazz musicians of their generation, and we are both looking forward to helping them forge successful careers in jazz performance. The mentoring experience will be profound for us, as well. The gift of inspiration in the classroom that develops from the master–apprentice relationship enhances our personal creativity on the bandstand and in the recording studio.”