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Thelonious Monk Festival


This April, join us for our third annual Thelonious Monk Festival. Throughout our three venues, you’ll hear diverse interpretations of this genius composer and pianist’s compositions performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Herlin Riley, Eric “ELEW” Lewis, Ellis Marsalis, Helen Sung, and more.

On Saturday, arrive early to hear The Jazz Ambassadors of the US Army Field Band with special guest Vincent Gardner in Ertegun Atrium beginning at 6pm.

Rose Theater

Corea Plays Monk

On a few unforgettable occasions, Chick Corea has joined the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis – a group he calls "the greatest big band on the planet" – to perform transformative new iterations of his music. Now, for the first time, they're joining forces to explore the work of another master pianist and composer: Thelonious Monk, the high priest of modern music.

The Appel Room

Crescent City Monk with Herlin Riley & Friends

30th Anniversary Landmark Concert

Drummer Herlin Riley, called "a shining exemplar of New Orleans rhythm" by the New York Times, is a prolific bandleader and irreplaceable stone in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's foundation. As part of our annual Monk Festival, he's bringing together a group of friends to add some extra Crescent City flavor to Thelonious Monk's music. Joining him will be pianists Eric "ELEW" Lewis, NEA Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis, and Isaiah J. Thompson; vibraphonist Joel Ross; tenor saxophonist Todd Williams; bassist Reginald Veal; and Cuban percussion genius Pedrito Martinez; and vocalist Melanie Charles.

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Thelonious Monk Himself with Helen Sung

Helen Sung Quartet and special guest Catherine Russell