A 100th Birthday Tribute To Thelonious Monk

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Nashville Jazz Workshop says
The Nashville Jazz Workshop, in collaboration with the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, announces the 11th season of the popular jazz performance and education series, JAZZ ON THE MOVE. Each installment features a lecture and performance highlighting a major figure or period in jazz history. Presented by Nashville’s top jazz artist/educators, the series offers audiences world class music as well as an opportunity to learn more about jazz. The series begins Sunday, January 22 at 3:00 pm, and features a 100th birthday tribute to the great pianist and composer Thelonious Monk.

This year's series is presented with support from Caterpillar Financial Services and Peter & Anne Neff.

The programs take place on a series of Sunday afternoons. All performances are at 3:00 pm in the auditorium at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville, TN. Performances in the series are free and open to the public. Each performance is led by a jazz artist intimately familiar with the jazz great being profiled with an outstanding group of supporting musicians. Presentations in this year's series are:

Thelonious Monk was one of the most creative and original composers and pianists in the history of jazz. He is the second most-recorded (after Duke Ellington) of all jazz composers. Many of Monk's compositions are jazz classics, including "Round Midnight," "Straight No Chaser," "Blue Monk," and "Well You Needn't." Monk was among the founders of Bebop in the 1940's, and was active through the 1960's and 70's until his death in 1982. His unorthodox piano and compositional style is instantly recognizable, and has not been duplicated. 2017 is the 100th anniversary of Monk's birth, and we pay tribute to him with a presentation and performance by virtuoso pianist and educator Bruce Dudley, joined by saxophonist Don Aliquo, bassist Roger Spencer, and drummer Marcus Finnie.

Sunday, February 26 - A 100th Birthday Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, celebrating Black History Month, presented by Jamey Simmons
Sunday, March 26 - A 100th Birthday Tribute to Lena Horne, presented by Connye Florance

Sunday, April 16 - Music of the Cal Tjader, a celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, presented by James Westfall

Those attending Jazz on the Move at the Frist will be able to visit the Frist's exhibits free of charge, and will also receive discounted parking.

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is an accredited nonprofit art-exhibition center, with approximately 24,000 square feet of gallery space, dedicated to presenting the finest visual art from local, state and regional artists, as well as major U.S. and international exhibitions. It is located at 919 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee, 37203. www.fristcenter.org.

Photo: Thelonious Monk, Minton's Playhouse, New York, ca. September 1947. by William P. Gottlieb. Public Domain.
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