[JPL] Monk At Town Hall--Fifty Years Later

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Mon Jan 12 07:39:40 EST 2009


The unforgettable 1959 Thelonious Monk Orchestra concert at Town Hall will
have a 50th anniversary recreation next month at the scene of the event in
New York City. Preserved on a famous Riverside album and performed by jazz
repertory orchestras everywhere, Monk's compositions in orchestrations by
Hall Overton are perennially fresh, full of ensemble performance challenges
and of opportunities for soloists. Reissued every few years on LP, then on
CD, the recording is a basic repertoire item, as timeless as Bach,
Stravinsky or Charlie Parker.

For information about the February 26-27 concerts by two bands - Charles
Tolliver's and Jason Moran's - click here. While you're on the page, scroll
down to trigger audio performances of "Friday The 13th" by Tolliver's band
and "Little Rootie Tootie" by Moran's at Duke University's Following Monk
celebration last fall.

In this promotional but nonetheless informative, piece of video, Orrin
Keepnews talks about the Town Hall concert. Keepnews was a partner in
Riverside Records and oversaw the recording.

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