In the ‘60s when giants walked the earth, we all took it for granted. I remember at the age of 14 or 15 going into Charlie Ponte’s on 48th Street with my saxophone teacher to buy a saxophone. As luck would have it, Charlie recruited Lucky Thompson and Yusef Lateef to try out all the Selmer Mark VI tenors and pick one for me. Why? Because they were there. Giants were everywhere, but now they are national treasures. And this article tells how the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz is using the surviving giants like Wayne Shorter to impart priceless wisdom to tomorrow’s artists.