THELONIOUS MONK MAKES A HUNDRED AT THE NEW SCHOOL, 5th Floor Theater - 55 W 13th St New York, NY 10011
It’s a challenge to fully measure the impact of Thelonious Sphere Monk on modern improvised music. John Coltrane called him “a musical architect of the highest order”. His compositions and concept remain refreshingly vibrant and timeless relevant today. No student of modern jazz can bypass the lessons inherent in his use of dissonance, angularity and the blues.
A panel of musicians and writers inciuding T.S. Monk, drummer and son of Thelonious Monk, Cuban pianist David Virelles, composer, musician and friend of Monk, David Amram, noted historian and Monk biographer Robin D.G. Kelley, and music journalist Larry Blumenfeld – moderated and orchestrated by music historian Ashley Kahn, will convene to discuss and gauge his importance as celebrate the start of his centennial year. This panel will also include multimedia materials, including rare home recordings of Monk speaking and playing piano and a peak at some never-before-released music recorded for the French film Les Liasons Dangereuses (1960).