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Posts tagged Thelonious Monk

July 9, 2007

 

Henry Grimes, poet

Henry2Back in the early 1990s, when I was in the first throes of becoming a passionate jazzhead, a friend made me a mix tape called “Henry Grimes, Where Are You?” He knew of my obsession with the missing bassist, who appeared on many classic 1960s jazz recordings and worked with everybody from Benny Goodman and Gerry Mulligan to Cecil Taylor and Albert Ayler before vanishing in the late 1960s–presumably dead, according…

July 3, 2007

 

Pee Wee Russell 1960s

Late Pee Wee: Pee Wee Russell in the 1960s

Dixieland, avant-garde, or simply beyond category? Pee Wee Russell's playing retained both a uniquely modernistic spark and an early-jazz exuberance.

September 3, 2005

 

thelonious monk & sonny rollins

Sonnymoon: Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins

When Rollins met Monk: the saxophonist was a hip, humorous, and musically expert foil for the brilliant corners of the pianist's mind.

April 16, 2005

 

Let’s Spring One

Ike QuebecThis edition of Night Lights is a salute to warmer weather with “Let’s Spring One,” including music from Ike Quebec, Thelonious Monk & Milt Jackson, Anita O’Day, Nat King Cole, Charlie Parker, June Christy…

August 28, 2004

 

Bird Alive: Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker Boston 1952As the messiah of modern bop, Charlie Parker was one of the first jazz musicians to be recorded widely in live settings. On this program, in honor of the 84th anniversary of his birth, we’ll feature music from Bird’s performances with Bud Powell, Fats Navarro, Charles Mingus, Roy Haynes, and other leading lights of late-1940s and early-1950s jazz, including an impromptu “Well You Needn’t” with Thelonious…

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