After creating the stunning Holed Up for his Da Camera residency in 2014, Jason Moran returns to his roots and to an earlier project, one of his first explorations into expanding the possibilities for the jazz concert. As a child in Houston studying classical piano, Jason Moran heard a recording of Thelonious Monk in his parent’s living room and it changed his life.
“Monk was really my first great influence on the piano,” says the pianist and composer. Moran’s critically acclaimed multimedia tribute to Monk focuses on the seminal recording of the jazz iconoclast’s 1959 performance at Town Hall. Rather than “replay” the event, Moran delves into Monk’s life and work in order to create a highly personal and innovative tribute to the pianist whom Moran now considers part of his “musical DNA.”
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