Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz to be renamed for Herbie Hancock

The name change will take effect next year.

Next year, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz will be renamed after revered pianist, bandleader and composer Herbie Hancock.

The news was announced following discussions between the Board of Trustees and the Monk Estate, who unanimously agreed to rename it the “Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz.” Hancock, who has chaired the board for the past 15 years, recused himself from voting.

“Having the Institute named in my honor is tremendously humbling and represents a profound moment for my family and me,” Hancock said in a statement.


“I’m looking forward to continuing in my role as Institute Chairman and carrying on and expanding the organization’s important worldwide jazz education and humanitarian initiatives… We will continue teaching the history and importance of jazz, its traditions and improvisation, along with exploring new directions and horizons for the future.”

Established in 1986, the Institute runs free educational jazz programs and also other initiatives like International Jazz Day.

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