In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall 1959
“The most provocative thinker in current jazz.” —Rolling Stone
In 2005, the Walker commissioned pianist /composer Jason Moran to create his acclaimed music-theater work MILESTONE. He returns with a multimedia performance built around the extraordinary “tentet” recording of Thelonius Monk’s legendary 1959 Town Hall Concert. Integrating samples of Monk’s original music, conversations, and photos with his own interpretations of Monk tunes, Moran leads us deep into the historic jazz event while simultaneously bringing us headlong into the 21st century. “It’s much larger than a tribute project,” Moran says. “Monk is the reason I started playing piano. I owe him all the investigation I can do.” Featuring Moran (piano), Ralph Alessi (trumpet), Logan Richardson III (alto saxophone), Aaron Stewart (tenor saxophone), Isaac Smith (trombone), Howard Johnson (tuba), Tarus Mateen (bass), and Nasheet Waits (drums), with video design by David Dempewolf.
The 7pm performance of In My Mind will be broadcast live by KFAI “Radio Without Boundaries” (90.3/106/7FM).