Juilliard Jazz Presents “Jelly Roll Morton and Thelonious Monk” on Thursday, April 4, 2019

Juilliard Jazz presents the music of legendary jazz pianists and composers Jelly Roll Morton and Thelonious Monk performed by the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra with conductor Wynton Marsalis, director of Juilliard Jazz, on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at 7:30pm in Alice Tully Hall.

The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra concert features the musical language of two jazz pianists and composers whose individual sounds build off their deep understanding of the blues and the history of jazz music. Ferdinand Joseph “Jelly Roll” Morton represents the first great composer in jazz music. His compositional language embraces the sound of the blues, dance music, and the sounds and rhythms of everyday life. Thelonious Monk left a body of work that is known and respected by musicians of all genres the world over as a hallmark of quality and sophistication. His 72 pieces are a landmark of modern musical poetry.

Members of the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra are Zoe Obadia and Immanuel Wilkins (alto saxophones), Gideon Tazelaar and Abdias Armenteros (tenor saxophones), and alumnus David Milazzo (baritone saxophone); Jonah Moss, Noah Halpern, Anthony Hervey, and Giveton Gelin (trumpets); Jeffery Miller, Rashaan Salaam, and Brendan Lanighan (trombones); guitarist Jacob Kelberman; pianist Jonathan Thomas; bassist Adam Olszewski; and drummer John Steele. The resident conductor is Jerome Jennings.

The program features Jelly Roll Morton tunes: “Black Bottom Stomp” (arr. by Ted Nash), “Burnin’ the Iceberg” (arr. by Victor Goines), “The Crave” (arr. by Carlos Henriquez), “Jelly Roll Blues” (arr. by Chris Crenshaw), “The Pearls” (arr. by Wynton Marsalis), and “Sidewalk Blues” (arr. by Sherman Irby); and Thelonious Monk tunes: “Stuffy Turkey” (arr. by Victor Goines), “Friday the 13th” (arr. by Kenny Rampton), “We See” (arr. by Sherman Irby), “Jackie-ing” (arr. by Ted Nash), “Ugly Beauty” (arr. by Wynton Marsalis), and “Four In One” (arr. by Chuck Israels).

Tickets at $20 ($10 for full-time students) are available at

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