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Posted by: editoron Friday, October 07, 2005 - 06:56 PM
Jazz News Jazz at Lincoln Center celebrates the great Thelonious Monk's birthday throughout October with a series of concerts and events dedicated to the legendary jazz pianist's style and genius. Beginning Tuesday, October 25th, in the Irene Diamond Education Center at 7:00pm, Jazz at Lincoln Center launches the first Jazz Talk of the 2005-06 season with Rhythm-a-ning: Thelonious Monk. Monk said: ÒA genius is one who is most like himself, and by this standard, Monk's brilliance was unmatched. Professor and Monk biographer Robin D.G. Kelley will lead the audience on a tour of the house that Monk built.
On October 28th and 29th, at 8:00pm in Rose Theater, Jazz in Motion: Tappin' into Monk, features tap virtuoso Savion Glover as he splinters the floor to the syncopated sounds of Thelonious Monk, who when seized by the spirit of his musical inventions broke into a circle dance all his own. In Jazz for Young PeopleSM: Jazz In Motion: Tappin' Into Monk, school-age children will have the opportunity to experience the music of Thelonious Monk in this dance and jazz collaboration featuring Savion Glover in Rose Theater on October 29th at 12pm & 2pm. The power of Monk's music and Mr. Glover's phenomenal tap dancing will get the whole family out of their seats!
Thelonious Monk (1917-1982) Fingers splayed, elbows poised to collide with the keyboard, he neither played nor sounded like anyone else and the public recognized his eccentricities, his ever-changing headgear, dizzying mid-performance dances and long, baffling silences Ð long before it accepted his music.
Raised in Manhattan and inspired by the New York masters of stride piano, Monk became the house pianist at Minton's Playhouse where the young creators of bebop played together after-hours in 1940. From the first, the greatest musicians loved compositions like “Round Midnight” and “Epistrophy” with their unusual chords and voicings and sudden starts and stops, but it was not until 1957 and the release of his record, “Brilliant Corners” that the jazz world fully came to see that he was, as John Coltrane said, “a musical architect of the highest order, “ and one of the most important composers in the history of the music.
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