Thanksgiving in Vietnam: The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz


The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz—which offers young musicians college level training by American jazz masters—will tour Vietnam Nov. 22-30 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of normalization of U.S.-Vietnam relations.

World renowned jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock will lead a group of artists including legendary saxophonist/composer Wayne Shorter, internationally acclaimed vocalist Nnenna Freelon, and the eight gifted young jazz musicians who attend the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at the University of Southern California.

The group has a series of appearances and events scheduled while in Vietnam, including a “Jazz Thanksgiving” concert at the U.S. Consulate General’s Residence in Ho Chi Minh City, master classes for students in both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, and performances at the U.S. Embassy, the Youth Theater and Minh’s Jazz Club. “The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz is devoted to introducing people around the world to the uniquely American art form of jazz,” says chairman Hancock. “We look forward to sharing this music with the people of Vietnam in the spirit of peace and partnership.”