It’s Monk Time!

October 10 at 21:00 CEST

 

Stingray DJAZZ celebrates the 100th birthday of Thelonious Monk (1917-1982) with three intimate 1960s concerts featuring the jazz deity performing his classics, accompanied by legendary sidemen Frankie Dunlop, John Ore, and Charlie Rouse. Tune into Stingray DJAZZ on Tuesday, October 10 from 21:00 CEST for It’s Monk Time! 

Thelonious "Sphere" Monk was raised in San Juan Hill, a black neighborhood in Manhattan, where he lived for most of his life. Monk, one of jazz's most influential musicians, was one of the architects of bebop and modern jazz. Many of his compositions – such as “Blue Monk”, “Work”, and “Well, You Needn't”– have become often-performed jazz standards. Monk's gorgeous ballad, “'Round Midnight” is the most recorded jazz standard.

In 1947, Monk cut his first sides for Alfred Lion and Frank Wolff of Blue Note Records. The label, which wanted to focus on modern jazz, saw in Monk the perfect figurehead of this new music. Tellingly, Thelonious Monk's first album for the label was called Genius of Modern Music.

From the mid-1950s, Monk honed his craft at Riverside Records, further perfecting his individual style. Known for his unusual, often dissonant harmonies and angular improvisations, Monk's music was innovative, percussive, technically demanding, and complex. A musician's musician for most of his career, Monk's greatest public acclaim finally arrived in the 1960s. 

Thelonious Monk enjoyed a long and fruitful collaboration with tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse (1924-1988), who appears in all of tonight's three concerts. With Rouse and drummer Frankie Dunlop (1928-2014), Monk released several successful albums on Columbia Records, including Monk’s Dream (1963). In 1964, Monk appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, which also conducted an extensive interview with the unconventional pianist. Stingray DJAZZ brings you three concerts from Monk's most successful decade - the 1960s. Naturally, Monk's fabulous, regular sidemen Rouse, Dunlop, Larry Giles, and Ben Riley join him on stage!


Tuesday, October 10 at 21:00 CEST | Thelonious Monk live at Palais des Beaux-Arts

Thelonious Monk: Live in '65 features an intimate concert filmed in Belgium in the winter of 1965 with a legendary quartet that includes drummer Frankie Dunlop, bassist John Ore and tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse. Thelonious Monk revolutionized jazz with his innovative musical approach and these remarkable performances allow viewers the rare opportunity to experience Monk’s genius up close as he performs his classic compositions Monk's Dream, Epistrophy and Rhythm-a-Ning.

Musicians: Thelonious Monk, Charlie Rouse, Frankie Dunlop, John Ore
Producer: Sonuma
Video director: Serge Leroy
Location: Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium
Year: 1963


Tuesday, October 10 at 21:30 CEST | It's Monk's Time: Thelonious Monk Live in '66

Thelonious Monk: Live in '66 features two intimate concerts filmed three days apart in Scandinavia in the spring of 1966 with a legendary quartet that includes drummer Ben Riley, bassist Larry Gales and tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse. Thelonious Monk revolutionized jazz with his innovative musical approach and these remarkable performances allow viewers the rare opportunity to experience Monk’s genius up close as he performs his classic compositions Blue Monk, Epistrophy and ’Round Midnight.

Musicians: Thelonious Monk, Charlie Rouse, Larry Gales, Ben Riley
Producer: Reelin’ in the Years
Video director: Tom Gullota
Location: Norway & Denmark
Year: 1966


Tuesday, October 10 at 22:35 CEST | Thelonious Monk Quartet in Belgium

Thelonious Monk: Live in '65 features an intimate concert filmed in Belgium in the winter of 1965 with a legendary quartet that includes drummer Frankie Dunlop, bassist John Ore and tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse. Thelonious Monk revolutionized jazz with his innovative musical approach and these remarkable performances allow viewers the rare opportunity to experience Monk’s genius up close as he performs his classic compositions Evidence and Bright Mississippi.

Musicians: Thelonious Monk, Charlie Rouse, John Ore, Frankie Dunlop
Producer: Sonuma
Video director: Serge Leroy
Location: Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium
Year: 1963