Monk's Birthday

Monk's Birthday

Monk’s Birthday

Three Generations

Wednesday, October 10, 7:30pm
at Herbst Theatre

Thelonious Monk

Monk's Birthday

Monk’s Birthday

Three Generations

Wednesday, October 10, 7:30pm
at Herbst Theatre

Barry Harris

Monk's Birthday

Monk’s Birthday

Three Generations

Wednesday, October 10, 7:30pm
at Herbst Theatre

Jacky Terrasson

Monk's Birthday

Monk’s Birthday

Three Generations

Wednesday, October 10, 7:30pm
at Herbst Theatre

Alfredo Rodriguez

Barry Harris, Jacky Terrasson & Alfredo Rodriguez

Celebrating Thelonious Monk’s birthday each year has become yet another tradition at SFJAZZ. This triple bill features an audacious collection of piano masters from three generations, each with a solo performance to explore Monk’s ingenious book of compositions. Now 82, Barry Harris absorbed bebop directly from Charlie Parker and he’s heard on classic sessions by Dexter Gordon, Yusef Lateef, Lee Morgan and Cannonball Adderley. Harris is one of Monk’s contemporaries and foremost interpreters. In fact, the two pianists often played together and both lived at the New Jersey home of Pannonica de Koenigswarter, the “Jazz Baroness,” where Harris continues to reside today. Born in Berlin and raised in Paris, Jacky Terrasson, 45, has been a major force since he won the Monk Institute’s coveted piano competition in 1993 and toured with Betty Carter. More recently he demonstrated a real gift for solo expression on Mirror, a deeply probing Blue Note album. Meanwhile, Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, 26, is simply one of the brightest young stars in jazz. A conservatory-trained player, Rodriguez cites Monk as a primary influence while combining technical virtuosity with Cuban soul.

Artist Personnel

Barry Harris piano
Jacky Terrasson piano
Alfredo Rodriguez piano

"Barry Harris’s commitment to the pianists of the bop era, particularly Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, has been unequaled. " — The New York Times
"Uptempo tunes contain sudden intervallic leaps and huge spikes in amplitude. Terrasson’s concept of solo piano is orchestral. " — JazzTimes
"Young Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez sounds the way Monk might have sounded if he had been born in Chick Corea’s body and raised on a diet of Bach, Chopin and Stravinsky in a Havana conservatory. " — San Jose Mercury News