Thelonious Monk

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Pianist/composer Jason Moran joins us along with trumpet wizard and virtuoso arranger Charles Tolliver to mark the 50th anniversary of Thelonious Monk’s Town Hall concert, the first time his music was performed by a big band. Jason Moran will be performing in studio along with his band.

The Charles Tolliver Tentet performs The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall, 1959: Reviving a Landmark
Thursday, February 26, at 8:00 pm
Town Hall
123 West 43rd Street
For more information and tickets, visit the Monk at Town Hall website or call the Town Hall box office: 212-307-4100.

The Jason Moran Tentet performs In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall 1959
Friday, February 27, at 8:00 pm
Town Hall
123 West 43rd Street
For more information and tickets, visit the Monk at Town Hall website or call the Town Hall box office: 212-307-4100.


Jason Moran and Charles Tolliver
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Comments [7]

Lucas Gillan from Chicago

Great performance! I saw Jason Moran perform his take on Monk's Town Hall Concert, "In My Mind," in Chicago a year ago and it was wonderful. It's nice to get the up-close and personal camera angle here.

Mar. 02 2009 12:29 PM
Mike Kupfer from Tuxedo, NY

Thank goodness for the web cast! My wife heard the show today and I was able to listen tonight. Monk's music is magic. I was on a delayed flight recently from Seattle to New York and the Monk music on my iPod was of great comfort.

Great show!

Feb. 25 2009 08:45 PM
Joe Adams from Hillsdale, Bergen County,NJ

Thank you Lenny. The music was nothing less than exquisite - an antidote to what passes for music such as Sheryl Crow (cf. Maureen Dowd today) Monk was far out but he was always swinging and always beautiful. Incidentally. the masterpiece, "Bright Mississippi" was based on "Sweet Georgia Brown."

Feb. 25 2009 04:29 PM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Great to hear these fabulous musicians playing this wonderful and important music. How often does the mass media even mention Monk's music? Not enough.

And a welcome change to the pop-drivel too often proferred on Soundcheck (sorry Schaeffer.)

Feb. 25 2009 12:48 PM
The Truth from Atlanta/New York

I am enjoying this. Excellent choice! Happy 50th Anniversary!

Feb. 25 2009 12:22 PM
Greg from Bronx

Excellent! Thank you for presenting and nourishing live swinging music on your show/in the WNYC studio. This show is a cynicism-melter for me.

Feb. 25 2009 12:19 PM
Melissa from teaneck, NJ

I commend you on devoting a show to this truly important American composer. Bonus -- you spelled his first name correctly! (People often forget the second "o" in "Thelonious" -- even the New York Times has!) I look forward to downloading the podcast of this show.

Feb. 25 2009 10:21 AM

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