Wednesday, October 17, 2012

We Always Swing "Chunk of Monk" preview by Aarik Danielsen

Monk would have turned 95 last week. Utilizing a relatively exclusive grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and its Jazz Masters Live! program, the Jazz Series is going to throw him one incredible birthday bash. "A Chunk of Monk" incorporates entertainment and enlightenment in an attempt to peel back a few layers and see more clearly into one of jazz's most enigmatic, charismatic figures. The three-day affair features a brilliant pianist in his own right, 2010 NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron, and several superlative scholars. Anyone hoping to experience the brilliance of jazz piano's high priest afresh, or discover it for the first time, would be hard-pressed to find a better avenue.

more at the Columbia Daily Tribune

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