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T.S. Monk Sextet at Revolution Hall

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T.S. Monk Sextet Revolution Hall PDX Jazz 2017 Portland, OR February 25, 2017 The centerpiece of the 2017 PDX Jazz festival was a posthumous honor bestowed upon the late great Thelonious Monk. Inarguably a pillar in the pantheon of jazz, Monk's music was delivered at this year's festival from as close to the source as one among the living can get: via his son T.S. Monk. Anyone born to such an immense ...

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T. S. Monk at 38th Annual Lakeland Jazz Festival

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T. S. Monk Sextet 38th Annual Lakeland Jazz Festival Kirtland, Ohio February 27, 2010

Although the last of the February snow onslaughts tried its best to kill the 38th annual Lakeland Jazz Festival--the longest-running jazz festival in Northeast Ohio--and did, indeed, postpone trumpeter Sean Jones' scheduled February 26 performance until a later date, drummer T. S. Monk and his sextet bravely battled the elements to make it into Kirtland, Ohio, and entertain a room ...

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T.S. Monk Speaks Out

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T.S. Monk is a voluble speaker. Which stands to reason since he is also an exceptionally engaged man. Not only does Monk have a new release due this August, Higher Ground , he will also launch his own label, Thelonious Records, open his father's archives, continue in his capacity as chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute, and proceed with his work on a Broadway play. T.S. Monk has been on the scene for quite some time, working ...

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T.S. Monk: Higher Ground

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T.S. Monk's new album Higher Ground serves up a decidedly challenging musical concoction. With this release, Monk has not only solidified a highly personal sound, he has done something rare and infinitely appealing: he has created idiosyncratic, confounding music. Released in conjunction with the founding of Thelonious Records, and coinciding with the long awaited opening of the Thelonious Monk Archives, Higher Ground consists of nine tracks presented by the younger T.S. Monk's septet, a standing group of ...

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T.S. Monk: Crosstalk

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T.S. Monk's latest release, Crosstalk flirts perilously close to smooth jazz with it's drum machine fills and synthesizer washes, but make no mistake, this is masterfully performed jazz by a musician who knows exactly what he's doing. After the great critical and commercial success of “Monk on Monk," T.S. decided it was safe to finally do what he's dreamed of for years: blend elements of pop and funk with jazz to create something that was truly his own -- as ...

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T. S. Monk: Monk on Monk

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A daunting task, recreating the idiosyncratic music of the legendary Thelonious Sphere Monk without lessening its power or singularity, and who better to accept the challenge than Monk’s drumming son, T.S. Monk (with a lot of help from his friends). Herein are nine of Monk’s matchless compositions, ably refashioned by T.S. and colleagues with an abundance of spirit and a scrupulous aversion to needless parody. In June, Monk on Monk was honored by journalists as “Recording of the Year” at ...

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T.S. Monk: Monk on Monk

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Several years ago Thelonious Sphere Monk III (AKA T.S. Monk), son of the one and only Thelonious Sphere Monk, entered the jazz scene after a stint in the pop music field. He has since released some fine albums but until now has not devoted an entire recording to the music of his legendary father. Monk on Monk explores nine of the elder Monk's compositions arranged for large ensemble by trumpeter Don Sickler.

A bevy of jazz legends gathered to assist ...

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T.S. Monk: Monk On Monk

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Employing Don Sickler's transcriptions and arrangements, T.S. Monk's ten-piece ensemble sounds like a big band; saxophones, trumpets, trombones and rhythm section combine to interpret Thelonious Monk's compositions. Focusing on tunes Monk wrote for family and friends, the ensemble delivers “Little Rootie Tootie," written for his son, “Boo Boo's Birthday," written for his daughter Barbara's birthday, “In Walked Bud," written for his best friend Bud Powell, “Ruby, My Dear," written for a girlfriend, “Jackie-ing," written for a favorite niece, and “Crepuscule ...


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