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Jazz Greats Named UCLA Professors

Graduate students will take instruction from the two National Endowment of the Arts jazz masters.

Jazz Greats Named UCLA Professors

Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter have begun teaching at UCLA as part of the school's Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance.

The current class of graduate students will take instruction from the two National Endowment of the Arts jazz masters.

The Monk Institute offers a two-year graduate degree, and currently seven fellows are studying there. Shorter and Hancock will teach composition, improvisation and artistic expression to the fellows individually and in a group.

"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, in a statement.

Hancock and Shorter will also lead master classes open to all UCLA students, according to the university.

The artists will travel with the Monk Fellows in April to Istanbul to perform for International Jazz Day.

"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.

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