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Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk's Birthday Celebration w/ Barry Harris, Fred Hersch & Eric Reed

 

Thelonious Monk's Birthday Celebration
w/ Barry Harris, Fred Hersch & Eric Reed

Monday, October 10, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Thelonious Monk
Monk's 99th Birthday Series: Monk's Birthday Celebration  
Eric Reed

Thelonious Monk's Birthday Celebration w/ Barry Harris, Fred Hersch & Eric Reed

 

Thelonious Monk's Birthday Celebration
w/ Barry Harris, Fred Hersch & Eric Reed

Monday, October 10, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Eric Reed
Monk's 99th Birthday Series: Monk's Birthday Celebration  

Thelonious Monk's Birthday Celebration w/ Barry Harris, Fred Hersch & Eric Reed

The centennial of Thelonious Monk’s birth arrives next year, but it won’t be easy to top the roster marking his 99th. Celebrating the composer’s ever-expanding legacy, this concert features three superlative pianists who have all delved deeply into Monk’s music. At 86, Barry Harris is a jazz legend who has nurtured successive generations of improvisers, dating back his formative years on the vibrant 1940s Detroit scene. He absorbed bebop directly from Bud Powell and Monk, and actually lived with Monk at the end of his life in the Weehawken, New Jersey home owned Baroness Nica von Koenigswarter (where Harris still resides). Fred Hersch is an extraordinary improviser who always includes a Monk composition in his breathtaking solo recitals (his 1998 Nonesuch album Thelonious: Fred Hersch Plays Monk is a classic of the subgenre). And the extravagantly swinging Eric Reed has recorded a highly rewarding trilogy of albums exploring Monk’s ingenious compositions, 2011’s The Dancing Monk, 2013’s The Baddest Monk, and 2014’s The Adventurous Monk (all on Savant). Clearly, Monk’s music couldn’t be in better hands.   

Artist Personnel

Barry Harris piano
Fred Hersch piano

ERIC REED TRIO
Eric Reed piano
Mike Gurrola bass
Willie Jones III drums

"Barry Harris’s commitment to the pianists of the bop era, particularly Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, has been unequaled. " — The New York Times
"Thelonious Monk’s music stands for many things, but what often goes underused by his interpreters is its baseline condition of pleasure. That particular lapse is not a problem for the pianist Eric Reed. " — The New York Times
"Hersch is an artist indifferent to genre and unbeholden to musical fashion. The jazz tradition he best connects to is the unshakable iconoclasm of Thelonious Monk " — The New York Times

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