Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

“When jazz flourishes in New Orleans,
New Orleans will flourish again too.”
-Herbie Hancock

We recently returned from the Big Easy where we worked with theThelonious Monk Institute of Jazz on the announcement of their “Commitment to New Orleans.” After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the Monk Institute is moving to New Orleans and making a major commitment to keep jazz alive, vibrant, and growing in its birthplace.

Herbie Hancock

We were honored to be asked to help with media training, speech writing, and running the public relations around the event.

Working alongside jazz greats like Herbie HancockWayne ShorterThelonious Monk Jr., and Terence Blanchard, we helped refine their message to make local, national, and international news.

Here are some of the great clips to come out of the announcement:

New Orleans Times-Picayune: Jazz music program bopping to New Orleans

New Orleans Times-Picayune: EDITORIAL - A jazzy addition

National Public Radio’s Weekend Addition

NOLA.com - Multimedia Slideshow

Check out the students’ performance of “It Don’t Mean a Thing if You Ain’t Got That Swing” with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk Jr., and Terence Blanchard.