Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA 

The Monk Institute's unique college-level jazz program allows masters of jazz to pass on their expertise to the next generation of jazz musicians, echoing the way Thelonious Monk had done in his Manhattan apartment throughout the '50s and '60s.

In September 1995, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance launched with its first class of seven students and today, partners with The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music to offer a tuition-free two-year master's degree program. The program accepts one ensemble of musicians for each class. All students receive full scholarships, as well as stipends to cover their monthly living expenses. The students study both individually and as a small group, receiving personal mentoring, ensemble coaching, and lectures on the jazz tradition. They are also encouraged to experiment in expanding jazz in new directions through their compositions and performances.

The Institute of Jazz Performance students and instructors present a number of major concerts and community outreach programs throughout the United States and overseas. International highlights include performances at the celebration commemorating the 40th anniversary of the coronation of the King of Thailand, the 1998 Summit of the Americas in Chile before 34 heads of state, the United Nations "Day of Philosophy" event in Paris sponsored by UNESCO, and the Tokyo Jazz Festival. The students also have participated in tours of Argentina, China, Egypt, India, Morocco, Peru, Russia and Vietnam with Institute Chairman Herbie Hancock.

Since the program's inception, students have studied with Kenny Barron, Jerry Bergonzi, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ron Carter, Hal Crook, Jack DeJohnette, Nnenna Freelon, Herbie Hancock, Barry Harris, Roy Haynes, Jimmy Heath, Dave Holland, Wynton Marsalis, Dick Oatts, Danilo Pérez, Dianne Reeves, John Scofield, Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver and Clark Terry, among many others.

Congratulations and Welcome to the Class of 2018

Luca Alemanno, bass, was born in Lecce, Italy. He began studying bass as a teenager and earned his degree in jazz electric bass from Conservatorio Statale di Musica Guiseppe Martucci and a double bass degree from Conservatorio di Musica "Tito Schipa" Lecce. At 21, he won the European electric bass competition EuroBass Day held in Verona, Italy. Alemanno has appeared on more than 20 jazz albums and has performed in jazz clubs and festivals around the world including the London Jazz Festival, Rome Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Blue Note Tokyo and Ronnie Scott's. He has appeared with artists including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Joe Lovano, Stanley Jordan and Maria Schneider.

Anthony Fung, drums, was born in Richmond Hill, Canada, and has been playing the drums since age 10. Fung is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, where he received a bachelor's degree in jazz performance and a master's degree in contemporary music from Berklee's Global Jazz Institute. He has studied with a wide variety of artists including Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, Hal Crook and George Garzone. Fung performs with his own quintet and has appeared at the Panama Jazz Festival, Kriol Jazz Festival, Toronto and Montreal Jazz Festivals, Scullers Jazz Club, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Julio Flavio Maza Galvez, tenor saxophone, was born in Lima, Peru, and began playing the saxophone at age 12. He was an honors student at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, where he earned his bachelor's degree in music. Galvez has studied with Ania Paz, Karlhos Misajel and Edelmira Chavez. He placed in the national Peruvian composition contest "Canteras," and has participated in the Stanford Jazz Workshop. Galvez has toured throughout Latin America, lending his jazz abilities to music groups in multiple genres including popular dance music, ska, reggae and big band. He is a private instructor teaching flute, piano, saxophone and theory.

Alexander Hahn, alto saxophone, was born in Orange, California, and began playing saxophone at age 10. He earned his undergraduate degree in jazz studies from the University of North Texas and his master's degree in jazz studies from the University of Southern California. In 2014, he released his debut album Alex Hahn Crossing, a fusion of jazz and pop music, and recorded with Michael Bublé. Hahn has received several honors including a DownBeat student music award, the 2015 Perform with Mintzer Award, and an Outstanding Soloist Award from the 2015 Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival. He has performed at numerous music festivals, recorded several commercials and worked on episodes of the television show "Glee."

Jon Hatamiya, trombone, grew up in Davis, California, and began playing the trombone at age 10. He studied jazz performance at the Manhattan School of Music and earned his master's degree in jazz studies at the University of Southern California. Hatamiya was featured in Jet Magazine in 2011 as the only trombonist on Wynton Marsalis' list of "Who's Got Next." A 2015 ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award winner, he has toured nationally, appeared at the Davis Music Festival, and performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Jon Hatamiya and Friends, his nine-piece fusion project, has headlined at the Blue Whale and the California Jazz Conservatory.

Simon Moullier, vibraphone, of Paris, France, has studied classical percussion since age 6. By age 12, he was studying jazz drums, and at 17 he began playing the vibraphone. Moullier studied at the Berklee College of Music, where he received his bachelor’s degree in jazz performance from Berklee’s Global Jazz Institute. He has studied privately with Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman, among others. Moullier has performed at jazz clubs and festivals in New York, Boston, Indonesia, Spain, Panama, France and Sweden. A versatile multi-instrumentalist, he plays keyboards, balafon and drums in addition to vibraphone.

Glenn Tucker, piano, was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and began playing piano at age 11. He earned his bachelor of fine arts degree in jazz studies and his master's degree in organ performance from the University of Michigan. Tucker has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and has played on numerous albums including his debut album Determination, which was released in 2015. He has performed as both a leader and sideman in a wide range of jazz styles. Tucker's stature as a pianist and Hammond organist is steadily rising on the Detroit scene, and he occasionally tours with R&B great Michael Henderson.


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