Gift of Jazz announces the Centennial Concert Series, paying tribute to jazz legends born in 1917:
Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Rich & Mongo Santamaria
The Music of Thelonius Monk
Presented by Spherio
Sunday, February 26, 2017 :: 3:00-6:00pm
Colorado Auto Dealers Association
290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver
(SW corner of Speer & Grant)
The most important jazz musicians are the ones who are successful in creating their own original world of music with its own rules, logic, and surprises. Thelonious Monk, who was criticized by observers who failed to listen to his music on its own terms, suffered through a decade of neglect before he was suddenly acclaimed as a genius.
One of the undisputed founders of the bebop movement, Monk left his mark with a singular and always recognizable voice. His compositions and improvisations feature dissonances and angular melodic twists, and are consistent with Monk’s unorthodox approach to the piano, which combined a highly percussive attack with abrupt, dramatic use of silences and hesitations.
Monk made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including “‘Round Midnight“, “Blue Monk“, “Straight, No Chaser” “Ruby, My Dear“, “In Walked Bud“, and “Well, You Needn’t“. He is the second most-recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington.
A modern approach to the music of Thelonious Monk!
Tenia Nelson- Keys
Bob Songster- Bass
Andreas Schmid- Drums
…and special guest
Eric Jordan- Tenor Sax
Our Blind Tiger events are intimate affairs that include a gourmet three-course dinner* accompanied by libations. Seating is very limited, so make your reservations today to guaranty your spot!
*If you’d prefer a vegetarian entree’ please indicate by selecting that item below.