Secretary Cardona to Host Jazz Great Herbie Hancock and Local Student Quintet for “Peer-to-Peer Informance”

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Secretary Cardona to Host Jazz Great Herbie Hancock and Local Student Quintet for “Peer-to-Peer Informance”

Secretary will join performers onstage to play Latin percussion drums

On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, in conjunction with The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz (Institute), will host 14-time Grammy Award-winning musician and Institute Chairman Herbie Hancock, acclaimed jazz trumpet recording artist Sean Jones, and the Institute’s “Peer-to-Peer Jazz Quintet” of local students for a performance and a discussion about jazz and the importance of arts education.

Secretary Cardona will be “hands-on” at this event, as he’ll be playing Latin percussion drums, a life-long hobby. Arts education is a key element of the Department’s priority to support students through pandemic response and recovery, as laid out by the Secretary in his vision for education earlier this year.

The event is part of the Institute’s national Peer-to-Peer Education Program, which enables gifted student musicians to participate in weeklong tours for their peers in other cities, alongside guest performers. While the pandemic preempted the tours planned for the 2020-21 school year, the Institute collaborated with the Department to offer a virtual informance last year, which has been viewed more than 500,000 times on YouTube.

There is limited on-site seating for reporters in the Department’s Lyndon Baines Johnson Building. The “informance” will be livestreamed to hundreds of school districts nationwide and to the public through social media platforms, listed below.

Who :

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona
Herbie Hancock, chairman, Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz and award-winning jazz musician
Sean Jones, internationally acclaimed jazz trumpeter and recording artist
Dr. J.B. Dyas, vice president for education and curriculum development, Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz
Ed Hrybyk, director of jazz studies, Baltimore School for the Arts (Baltimore, MD)

The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Peer-to-Peer Jazz Quintet (students):

Ebban Dorsey, alto saxophonist, Baltimore School for the Arts (Baltimore, MD)
Quinn Rehkemper, alto saxophonist, Baltimore School for the Arts (Baltimore, MD)
Elijah Woodward, tenor saxophonist, Duke Ellington School of the Arts (Washington, D.C.)
Jose Andre Montano, pianist, Duke Ellington School of the Arts (Washington, D.C.)
Jillian Upshaw, drummer, Jackson-Reed High School (Washington, D.C.)

What :

Performance and presentation about jazz and the importance of music education

When :

Tuesday, April 19, beginning at 1 p.m.

Where :

Livestreamed from the U.S. Department of Education
and also available on and streamed on ED’s 
YouTubeFacebook, and Twitter accounts,
as well as the Institute’s website, hancockinstitute.org

Press: Space is limited. If you are interested in covering this event on-site, please RSVP to press@ed.gov. Attendees must attest to their COVID-19 vaccination status.