Monk on film

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Page added Jul 28, 2017 Updated Aug 2, 2017

Hear from the only soundtrack that pianist Thelonious Monk ever recorded - recently released on LP ahead of the Monk centenary this year.

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In 1959, Thelonious Monk laid down some tracks for Roger Vadim's 1960 French film Les Liaisons Dangereuses (below) alongside saxophonists Charlie Rouse and Barney Wilen, plus Sam Jones on bass and Art Taylor on drums.

We'll also hear from some older Australian trad jazz with the Melbourne New Orleans Jazz Band and The Louisiana Shakers - both featuring the now 90 year old clarinettist Nick Politis. Plus catch fellow clarinet player Artie Shaw with one of his final studio recordings, Art Pepper with Sonny Stitt and saxophonist Houston Person on Barbara Morrison's new record I Wanna Be Loved.

Presented by Mal Stanley


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Monk on film


Jul 29, 2017. 5:00pm - 6:50pm
Aug 1, 2017. 2:00pm - 3:50pm
Aug 1, 2017. 9:00pm - 10:50pm

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Thelonious Sphere Monk (October 10, 1917 - February 17, 1982) was an American jazz pianist and composer. Monk had a unique improvisational style and 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". Monk is the second-most recorded jazz composer after Duke...

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On Jul 29, 2017. 8:42pm
Anonymous said

Beautiful Thelonious was to jazz what Dylan Thomas was to literature or Van Gogh was to art. Like those inspired souls, the closing chapter of his own life was heartbreakingly sad.
An incredibly visionary musician who could once fill clubs with sounds of unorthodox winsomeness, Monk in his final years was an unwell man reduced to a figure standing isolated in a darkened room overlooking the lights of the Manhattan skyline when his own name should have been up in them. Yet his astounding music lives on.
When feeling down, perhaps we should listen to this inspiring track from the great Gil Scott-Heron:
"Lady Day And John Coltrane". Sure keeps me running and pray it does you too.
For you Thelonious.
Christopher Lynch.

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