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Jason Moran In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall
Monk at Town Hall Concert Revisited

Jason Moran In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall

Oct 14
Miner Auditorium

A co-commission by SFJAZZ when it premiered in 2007, In My Mind is pianist Moran's multi-media tribute and re-creation of Thelonious Monk's legendary 1959 big band concert at New York's Town Hall. Incorporating live performance, video, still images, and audio recordings from W. Eugene Smith's Jazz Loft project, In My Mind is a "stunning project connecting with Monk beyond the surface of his music" (The New York Times).

Co-commissioned by SFJAZZ and three other presenters, the piece also marked the 50th anniversary of Monk’s legendary Town Hall concert, which resulted in the classic live album on Riverside. It would be hard to overstate Monk’s influence on Moran, who was 13 years old and studying classical music when Monk’s solo version of his classic ballad “Round Midnight” sparked the epiphany that led the budding pianist to jazz. In creating In My Mind, Moran probed past the music and public image to explore Monk’s history and creative process. Incorporating live performance, video projections, and recorded samples of Monk rehearsing the Town Hall band, the evening-length piece draws on W. Eugene Smith’s documentary work and Moran’s 2007 pilgrimage to Monk’s ancestral home in North Carolina. More than a musical experience, In My Mind captures a multi-faceted view of a singular genius who is still widely misunderstood.

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More than a music experience, In My Mind incorporates live performance, video, still images, and audio recordings from W. Eugene Smith's Jazz Loft project.

A stunning project — connecting with Monk beyond the surface of his music.

The New York Times

A stunning project — connecting with Monk beyond the surface of his music.

The New York Times

Personnel

Jason Moran piano   
Immanuel Wilkins alto saxophone   
Walter Smith III tenor saxophone
Ralph Alessi trumpet
Frank Lacy trombone
Bob Stewart tuba
Tarus Mateen bass
Nasheet Waits drums

Triumphantly cherishing Monk by unveiling a world he had made possible.

The Guardian

Personnel

Jason Moran piano   
Immanuel Wilkins alto saxophone   
Walter Smith III tenor saxophone
Ralph Alessi trumpet
Frank Lacy trombone
Bob Stewart tuba
Tarus Mateen bass
Nasheet Waits drums

Triumphantly cherishing Monk by unveiling a world he had made possible.

The Guardian

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