Thelonious Monk Centennial Concert – John Beasley, Artistic Director
1st set: Thelonious Monk’s Afro-Cuban Dream
– Adding the clave to Carmen McRae’s “Carmen sings Monk”
In 1988 Carmen McRae released the album Carmen Sings Monk, a reimagination of some of Monk’s most quintessential songs sung for the first time with lyrics. Thelonious Monk’s Afro-Cuban Dream is a reimagining of Carmen’s reimagination, featuring the enchanting cantante Dee Dee Bridgewater and some of Latin-Jazz’s most forward-looking musicians.
Adding the clave to Monk are Richie Flores (congas), Manuel Valera (piano), Brian Lynch (trumpet), Conrad Herwig (trombone), Ruben Rodriguez (bass) and Robby Ameen (drums), featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater.
2nd set: Remixing Monk via MONK’estra
Four multi-genre, musical mavericks renowned for their convention-defying exploits come together live on stage to pay very unique homage to Thelonious Monk via John Beasley’s MONK’estra records.
Bronx-raised turntablist/producer DJ Logic, half-Japanese keyboardist/producer Mark de Clive-Lowe, new wave-experimental drummer/producer Deantoni Parks, reshape, reimagine and remix Monk’s music, mashing together their respectively eclectic styles, flavors and technology with special Guest artist. Witness Monk reborn for a new generation.