Jazz at Lincoln Center celebrates Fourth Annual Monk Festival with performances featuring the JLCO

October 25–27 | 8pm | Rose Theater

Thelonious Monk’s music is playful, profound, and universally loved. Its deceptive simplicity unites musicians of all backgrounds and offers endless opportunity for interpretation and improvisation. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis has been performing a steadily growing Thelonious Monk repertoire since its inception (now totaling more than 40 songs), and the JLCO will one day have arrangements of all 72 original Monk compositions.

In addition to new versions penned by renowned members of the JLCO, audiences will also hear arrangements written exclusively for this event by some of jazz’s most promising young composers – 15 year old Esteban Castro, presently attending the Manhattan School of Music Precollege on a Nana’s Way Scholarship as a Jazz and Classical Music double major, as well as a 10th grade student at the Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts at Bergen County Academies in New Jersey; and J*oe Block* and Matt Wong, who won Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington Composition/Arrangement competition when they were in high school. Monk himself was only 18 years old when he wrote the masterpiece “’Round Midnight,” and this performance is a chance to hear the next generation’s brightest minds reinterpret his music for a band that can play anything.

Free pre-concert discussion nightly at 7pm.
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