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Monk 10/10: Earshot Jazz Festival - Opening Celebration
Town Hall Seattle
Seattle, WA
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The 2014 Earshot Jazz Festival begins with a celebration of the absolutely distinctive master of jazz life, Thelonious Sphere Monk. On 10/10, which would be Monk's 97th birthday, Earshot takes festivities to Town Hall for a colossal Thelonious Monk tribute that is all about 10. The party includes one solo Monk composition each from 10 great Seattle pianists. Coming from various stylistic backgrounds, and expressing Monk's profound influence on their own jazz continuum, this lineup of pianists would be impressive in any city in the world: Marc Seales, Dawn Clement, Dave Peck, Sumi Tonooka, Overton Berry, Marius "Butch" Nordahl, Darrius Willrich, Aaron Otheim, Wayne Horvitz and Tim Kennedy.

The genesis for this creative project is the Royal Room's Piano Starts Here series, which looks to "highlight the work of the most prolific and talented pianists to have ever tackled the instrument." In the series, each artist selects their own piece, without regard to possible duplications, assuming that no two pieces could be the same. Tonight's piano performances offer ten unique takes on Monk's idiosyncratic contributions to jazz.

Balancing the stage tonight is a remarkable 10-tet assembled by Wayne Horvitz for this romp through straight transcriptions and improvisations on the landmark 1959 album The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall, commonly known at Monk at Town Hall. Horvitz conducts an amazing 10-tet that stays true to the spirit, the title, and the unusual instrumentation of the original performance. The band of Seattle jazz luminaries includes Greg Sinibaldi, Mark Taylor, and Skerik on saxophones; Al Keith on trumpet, and Christian Pincock on trombone, along with Tom Varner on French horn, and Julio Cruz on tuba. Driving the rhythm section are bassist Evan Flory-Barnes, pianist Ryan Burns, and drummer Ted Poor. The ensemble will burn through original Monk at Town Hall transcriptions and create two new Horvitz conductions on Monk compositions. We invite you to a fitting birthday tribute and a festive start to the festival.

(Co-presented with Town Hall Seattle. Support provided by The Boeing Company.)

[The PREFERRED SECTION (highlighted in pink) is located in the front and center of the theater. Seating is first come first served within that section. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the performance.]
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Town Hall Seattle (View)
1119 8th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
United States


Music > Jazz

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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