For 20 years the Jazz Foundation of America has been the first and only national organization dedicated to caring for elder jazz and blues musicians in crisis, averaging 1,600 emergency cases a year, including over 1,000 New Orleans musicians and their families who lost everything in Katrina. Our programs provide housing, health care and performance opportunities to the musicians who have been the soundtrack to our lives.
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz is a nonprofit education organization that was founded in 1986 by the Monk family along with the late Maria Fisher, an opera singer and lifelong devotee of music. Its mission is to offer the world's most promising young musicians college level training by America's jazz masters and to present public school-based jazz education programs for young people around the world. All of these programs are offered free of charge to the students and schools. The Institute's programs fill a tremendous void in arts education caused by public school budget cuts. They strive to help children develop imaginative thinking, creativity, a positive self-image, and respect for their own and others' cultural heritage.
Written by Pannonica de Koenigswarter (known as the Jazz Baroness), this book offers an unprecedented, behind-the-scenes look at jazz legends Thelonious Monk and others.