Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble at UCLA
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Legendary jazz greats Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ron Carter, Jimmy Heath, and other illustrious artists work with Hancock students both privately and as an ensemble. Focusing on improvisation, composition, technique, theory, history and creativity, these teaching-artists also showcase their artistic contributions to jazz through masterclasses, lectures and performances. The program’s notable alumni – inspiring future generations of musicians – include trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, guitarist Lionel Loueke, vocalist and UCLA alumna Gretchen Parlato, saxophonist Walter Smith III, and pianist Helen Sung.
The Institute is a nonprofit education organization with a mission to preserve, perpetuate and expand jazz as a global art form to help unite people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities. Founded in 1986 as the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the organization began operating as the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz in January 2019 in recognition of Mr. Hancock’s commitment to the Institute since its establishment, his expert guidance as Institute Chairman, and his immense contributions to and impact on music, education and humanity.
About the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance Class of 2020:
Paul Cornish, piano, was born in Houston, Texas and began playing piano at age 5. He attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, where he received the Moran Scholarship Award, and received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California. Cornish participated in the Jazz Gallery Mentorship Series and the Banff Residency for Jazz and Creative Music. He has performed around the world and appeared on the television series Glee. Cornish is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Shape of Jazz to Come Award and the Outstanding Soloist Award at the Next Generation Jazz Festival. In addition, he won first place honors in the 2018 American Jazz Pianist Competition.
Emma Dayhuff, bass, was born in Northampton, Massachusetts and grew up in Bozeman, Montana. She began playing upright bass at age 13. In 2005, Dayhuff was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship to attend the jazz program at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. There, she studied with Peter Dominguez, Eddie Gomez, and Billy Hart. After graduation, Dayhuff moved to Chicago, where she performed in a variety of styles and worked as the recording engineer for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She later relocated to New York, where she studied with Ron Carter and Gerald Cannon. Dayhuff has performed with Victor Goines, Robert Irving III, Patricia Barber, Willie Pickens, Victor Lewis, Nicole Mitchell, Geof Bradfield, and Kahil El Zabar among many others. She has presented master classes in New York, Montana and Cuba, and was one of the founders of Montana’s Livingston Jazz Festival.
Roni Eytan, harmonica, was born in Jerusalem, Israel and attended the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. He received a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, where he studied with George Garzone, Joe Lovano, Adam Cruz and Julian Lage and performed with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. In 2013, Eytan was selected to participate in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Workshop, led by Jason Moran at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Since graduating from Berklee with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Eytan has performed around the world with his own band and with artists including Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Miguel Zenón and Eddie Gomez.
Chris Lewis, tenor saxophone, was born in Uniondale, New York and grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He began studying saxophone at age nine. Lewis received a Bachelor of Music degree from Temple University, where he studied with Dick Oatts, Terell Stafford, Tim Warfield and Ben Schachter. He has recorded with the Temple University Jazz Ensemble and Studio Orchestra. Lewis has performed at jazz festivals around the world including the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, the ORLX Swing Festival in Orlando, Florida, and the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Maryland. He has worked and recorded with a range of high-profile jazz artists including Eric Reed, Delfeayo Marsalis, Rodney Green and Jeremy Pelt, among others.
Aidan Lombard, trumpet, was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Chicago. He began playing trumpet at age 10. Lombard attended the University of Miami as a Stamps Scholar and received a Bachelor of Music degree. He later received his master’s degree from the Berklee College of Music, where he performed with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. Lombard has studied privately with Sean Jones, Brian Lynch and Bruce Daugherty. He has participated in the Vail Jazz All Star program, the GRAMMY Camp – Jazz Session, and the Jazz Band of America. A finalist in the Carmine Caruso Jazz Trumpet Competition, Lombard has performed at festivals and clubs in Panama, Spain and the Netherlands.
Lenard Simpson, alto saxophone, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and began playing saxophone at age 11. While in high school, he was selected to participate in the GRAMMY Camp – Jazz Session. Simpson received a Bachelor of Music degree from Northern Illinois University. After graduation, he moved to Chicago, where he performed with Brian Lynch, Robert Irving III, and Charles Heath. Simpson has served as a teacher at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music’s Jazz Institute, the Northern Illinois University Jazz Camp and the Birch Creek Jazz Camp.
Malachi Whitson, drums, was born in Richmond, California and began playing drums at age 7. He received awards for his musicianship from the Stanford Jazz Workshop, San Jose Jazz Workshop and Folsom Jazz Festival while in high school. Whitson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Brubeck Institute at the University of the Pacific and a Master of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts. He has performed with Joshua Redman, Helen Sung, Christian McBride and Theo Croker. Whitson has served as an instructor at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, and East Bay Center for the Performing Arts.
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