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Thelonious Monk Festival Oct 25 - 27


This October, join us for our fourth annual Thelonious Monk Festival. Throughout our three venues, you’ll hear diverse interpretations of music by this genius composer performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Russell Hall, Barry Harris, Mike LeDonne, and more.

Plus, arrive early to enjoy tastings on Oct 26 by Breads BakeryRecolte Bakery, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Bluebird London, and Maison Pickle and on Oct 27 by Dizzy's Club Coca-ColaSpoonbread, and Recolte Bakery.

Rose Theater 2018-19 Season

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Plays Monk

Thelonious Monk’s music is a playful, profound, and universally loved jazz canon that brings together musicians of all backgrounds and ages. As part of this season’s annual Monk Festival, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will debut new Monk arrangements written by members of the JLCO and by some of jazz’s most promising young musicians, including Joe Block and Matt Wong, who both won Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington Composition/Arrangement competition when they were in high school. This performance is a chance to hear the JLCO’s top composers and the next generation’s brightest minds reinterpret the music of Monk for a band that can play anything.

The Appel Room 2018-19 Season

Monk's Dream

In this one-of-a-kind Thelonious Monk celebration, bassist Russell Hall leads a supremely talented and diverse band as eclectic and full of life as Monk’s music. These performances will be particularly special, as living legend and Monk’s close personal friend Barry Harris joins on piano alongside Mathis Picard, and two of the best drummers of all time, jazz veterans Jeff "Tain" Watts and Albert "Tootie" Heath share the stage with rising star drummers Kyle Poole, Savannah Harris (10/26 only), and Evan Sherman. The core ensemble also includes vibraphonist Joel Ross, vocalist Vuyo Sotashe, trumpeter Bruce Harris, saxophonists Ruben Fox and Julian Lee, guitarist Gabe Schnider, and tap dancer Michela Marino Lerman (10/26 only).

Dizzy's Club

Mostly Monk: Mike LeDonne Trio

Pianist and organist Mike LeDonne is a modern master who in the past few decades has worked with Benny Goodman, Sonny Rollins, Milt Jackson, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Golson, and more. Many of these musicians were among Thelonious Monk’s top collaborators, and tonight LeDonne will draw upon that musical proximity and his own instrumental kinship as he joins Jazz at Lincoln Center’s annual Monk Festival.