Thomas de Visser

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Miles Davis’s Boldest Heights

The greatness of great musicians is in more than their mere skill at performing; it’s in self-challenging creation and emotional exposure—a self-challenging that’s all the more audacious when it takes place in public, in the presence of an audience, rather than in the studio, where the failures can …

The demons and obsessions of jazz genius Thelonious Monk

He played angular and slow when the fashion was for fast and sun-drenched. And a misdiagnosed bipolar condition meant he retreated into silence for the last years of his life. But now the pianist’s singular talent is finally being heard<p>Consider this: both Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk were …

Thelonious Monk

Liner Notes: A Way into the Invisible

In the midnineties, I was a jazz head. I was a poet and I was a jazz head. I loved to read and I loved listening to music. I collected vinyl but also CDs. I shopped at Amoeba Records on Haight Street in San Francisco and brought home records by the bandleaders Eric Dolphy, Charles Mingus, Max …


Jason Moran is the perfect pianist to re-create Thelonious Monk’s magic

A jazz star’s tribute to a jazz legend, Jay Blakesberg’s rock ‘n’ roll art and a play about the first black heavyweight boxing champ top my Weekend …

Village Vanguard, NYC

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Village Vanguard

Trailer: 'MONK@100: A Century of Genius' Festival

<i>'MONK@100: A Century of Genius</i>' — a 10-day festival running Oct. 17 thru 26, celebrating the life & legacy of NC-native jazz icon <b>Thelonious Monk</b> — …

Thelonious Monk