October’s Birthday Bash!

Thursdays in October

Every Thursday evening, Stingray DJAZZ honours great musicians born in the autumn month with a new special called October’s Birthday Bash! The celebration kicks off with “The High Priest of Bebop” Thelonious Monk, followed by one of the greatest jazz promotors of our time, Wynton Marsalis. Bass player Ray Brown and trumpeter Roy Hargrove team up in a performance at New Morning club, before the special concludes with a performance by bebop pioneer Dizzy Gillespie.


Thursday, October 4 at 21:00 CEST | 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.


Thursday, October 11 at 21:00 CEST | Wynton in the South Bank Show

Considered one of the most technically brilliant players in the history of the trumpet, jazz musician Wynton Marsalis is also a master of classical music and a fine composer. Marsalis takes the cameras with him around New York, to his home town of New Orleans, and to his rehearsal studios where he and his assembled band of musicians are seen putting together the album Blood on the Fields. He also talks about his music and his way of working.


Thursday, October 18 at 21:00 CEST | New Morning: Ray Brown Trio & Roy Hargrove

The New Morning is a Paris club that specializes in jazz and blues. It was 1981 when the club opened its doors for the first time. Since then, many jazz and blues giants have made their appearance on the stage, with Chet Baker, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon and Kenny Clarke among them. Tonight’s concert features the Ray Brown Trio. Double-bassist and Grammy Award-winning Ray Brown can be considered to have a leading role in defining the modern jazz rhythm. He played with jazz masters such as Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald, to whom he was also married for a brief time. For this performance he invited trumpeter Roy Hargrove to share the stage with him. Two modern jazz giants on one stage: that is the premise of a good show.


Thursday, October 25 at 21:00 CEST | Dizzy Gillespie: Live in '58 & '70

Dizzy Gillespie: Live in '58 & '70 features two historic concerts from one of the founding fathers of bebop. Filmed 12 years apart, the 1958 concert features Dizzy working eloquently within the small combo structure of a quintet including such influential musicians as sax player Sonny Stitt and bassist Ray Brown. The second show focuses on a completely different side of Dizzy, fronting the legendary Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band. With a 16-piece big band to conduct, including two drummers, his Latin influences are revealed on Con Alma and Manteca.