The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz launched its latest addition to the Jazz in America curriculum: The Blues and Jazz - Two American Classics during an extensive two-week tour of Mississippi public schools in April 2013. Funding was provided by Carolyn C. Powers and William C. Powers, in memory of Mrs. Powers' grandparents, Joe Rice Dockery and Keith Dockery McLean, the late owners of Dockery Farms. Located between Cleveland and Ruleville, Mississippi, Dockery Farms is considered by many, including B.B. King, to be the birthplace of the blues.
The public school tour included a series of assembly programs, jazz band clinics, and vocal master classes. Each assembly featured a six-piece blues and jazz combo led by world renowned saxophonists Bobby Watson and Antonio Hart, an interactive presentation about the blues and jazz with acclaimed vocalist Lisa Henry and blues guitarist Alvin "Youngblood" Hart, and a question-and-answer session with the students. In addition, jazz drummer T.S. Monk, Chairman of the Institute's Board of Trustees and son of the legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, spoke about the influence of the blues on jazz and the impact of both musical art forms on the world.
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