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.
Barry Harris piano
Jacky Terrasson piano
Alfredo Rodriguez piano