Thelonious Monk

Joey Alexander: Bringing joy to all

Joey came home because he missed Indonesia and one of the country’s irresistible comfort foods, which is difficult to find in the Big Apple.


London jazz festival: this year's must-see gigs

Singer Zara McFarlane, the festival’s director, and our jazz critic choose their five unmissable concerts from this year’s festival, which begins on 10 November<p><b>Singer Zara McFarlane’s picks</b><p><b>Basquiat and Jazz, featuring Black Top with Orphy Robinson</b><br>I am looking forward to hearing Orphy’s musical …


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 …


BBC Radio 4 - Best of Today, Thelonious Monk, jazz and mental health

The London Jazz festival is celebrating the life of the legendary jazz musician Thelonius Monk.<p>There's to be discussions on his music, politics and mental health.<p>Our correspondent Nicola Stanbridge looks back at this life.<p>(Image: Thelonious Monk, credit: Getty Images)


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 …


Mike Osborne: Force Of Nature - Part 2-2

Part 1 | <b>Part 2</b><p>The passion and conviction of Osborne's playing was so intense that it almost always came across undiminished on recordings, whether …


This Kennedy Center director is making performance art out of jazz. Can he bring fans along?

On a warm evening this past May, Jason Moran — pianist and artistic director for jazz at the Kennedy Center — sauntered into a former Harlem church, now renovated into a studio and performance venue. In its vast, reverberant space, the artist Julie Mehretu had spent the previous several months …


Who's Afraid of Monk?

Following its release in 1974, <i>Who's Afraid of the Big Band Monk?</i> (Columbia) was scorned by jazz fans and critics. The double album featured …


What We’re Listening To This Week

Post Malone, Thelonious Monk, Thomas Adès, and “Stars,” by the Civilians, a song about how the things we lose never really belonged to us.<p>Post Malone, “Rockstar”<p>View more<p>When I hear a song I like, I want to know not only who made it but also its origin story. After my sister Lizanne gave me “<b>Rubber</b> …


Five Thelonious Monk albums remastered and reissued in new 10″ box set

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At 100, Thelonious Monk Gets a Hero’s Celebration

DURHAM, N.C. — In some sense, Thelonious Monk’s songs present the jazz musician’s perfect challenge. They’re opaque, lumbering and miraculously catchy. Played right, each passing harmony feels rich enough to last an entire song. But if you can’t make these pieces move — get them feeling spry, …


Thelonious Monk: Piano Solo review – his compelling first solo recording

(Sony Legacy)<p>Monk’s centennial month shouldn’t be allowed to expire without mention of this modest but important release. In Europe for the first time, and having struggled through two concerts with bewildered French accompanists, he made this, his first solo recording, in a Paris radio studio. Raw …


Staff Picks: Millepied, Monk, and McPhee

I knew, when I was a little girl, that I wanted to walk up the steps of Lincoln Center in the gathering dusk. Last night, my man and I put on our finery and stepped into the travertine at Lincoln Center to see the American Ballet Theatre. The evening’s first dance, “Souvenir d’un lieu cher,” by …


Jon Batiste: “Music is life to me”

The celebrated musician and Late Show bandleader spoke with Face the Nation about his latest project: re-imagining The Battle Hymn of the Republic


The Microscopic Septet: Pioneers Across Jazz Boundaries

Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down to Me<p>Label: Cuneiform <b><br>US Release Date: 2017-02-10</b> <b><br>UK Release Date: 2016-02-10</b> <br>Amazon <br>iTunes<p>The Microscopic Septet, …


Fats Domino, dead at 89, told Newsweek in 1970 that "as long as I'm working, I'm happy"

<i>Fats Domino, the legendary early rock ’n’ roll star, has died at the age of 89. The old-time rocker behind hits like "Blueberry Hill" helped to</i> …

Fats Domino

Live Review: Monk and Dizzy Centennial Concerts

Jason Moran’s approach to the role of artistic director for jazz at the Kennedy Center has been suspiciously similar to his approach to the role of …


Video Lesson: How to Use the Whole-tone Scale

Bill EvansOctober 18, 2017<p><b>From the December 2017 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY RON JACKSON</b><p>One of the most interesting scales to play on guitar is the …


Fresh Air Weekend: Jimmy Fallon; Thelonious Monk; Daniel Mendelsohn's 'Odyssey'

Fresh Air Weekend <i>highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This</b> …


Masterful Monk

Most of us think of jazz as a genre predicated on extemporization—the horn man breaking into an inspired chorus set apart from the rhythmic structure …


Twin Cities jazz pianist celebrates Thelonious Monk: 'He pretty much changed my life'

Laura Caviani’s new album celebrates the jazz pianist who changed her career and life.


NC jazz legend Thelonious Monk honored in Congress. He would have been 100 on Tuesday

Jazz legend Thelonious Monk was born 100 years ago. Tuesday would’ve been his 100th birthday.<p>The piano was Monk’s instrument of choice and his …



(Sorry about the fonts. I don’t know what’s going on with that...)<p><b>My new Nation column is here.</b> The hed reads: “Is Trump a Liar or a Lunatic? Both.” With a deck “The media must stop normalizing Trump’s bizarre and …


Lesson: Learn From Jazz Great Thelonious Monk

Bill EvansOctober 11, 2017<p>Thelonious Sphere Monk was a brilliant jazz pianist and composer, active from the 1940s through the early ’70s. You are, …


Monk, Thelonious (1917-1982) | The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed

Image Ownership: Public Domain<p>Jazz pianist Thelonious Monk became one of the 20th Century’s most influential and innovative jazz musicians. Born on …


Elliott Sharp Reimagines the Work of Thelonious Monk

His current tour celebrates what would’ve been Thelonious Monk’s 100th birthday. by Robert HamThelonious Monk’s shadow still looms large in the music …


BBC Radio 3 - Jazz Now, Thelonious

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BBC Radio 4 - Today, 11/10/2017

<b><br>0650</b><br>Facebook and Twitter face being made to pay for action to tackle the "undeniable suffering" the internet can cause, the Culture Secretary has announced. Cyber-bullying, trolling and under-age access to porn will be targeted in plans drawn up by Karen Bradley to make the online world safer. …

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After Midnight: Thelonious Monk At 100

He was called "the high priest of bebop." With his goatee, dark sunglasses and exotic hats, Thelonious Monk was the quintessential hepcat. He patted his feet in mad rhythm while he was playing — and when his sidemen soloed, he got up and danced in circles.<p>Monk, who was born 100 years ago today, was …


Thelonious Monk and Me

In honor of the centennial of Thelonious Monk’s birth, the jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch shares a few thoughts on one of his heroes.<p>Thelonious Monk has been quoted as saying, “A genius is one who is most like himself.” By that standard, Monk was an undisputed genius. He was among the inner …