The quartet will bring a classic New York Jazz sound to Nicosia, performing compositions by the great masters of jazz like Thelonius Monk
, Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins and many others.
MUSIC Monkathon This nine-day event marks the centenary of Thelonius Monk
This work uses Richard Wright, KRS-One, Thelonius Monk
, and the tradition of the Underground Railroad to explore the manifestations and the attributes of the underground (a multifaceted concept in African American culture) within the context of a more panoramic picture of African American expressivity within hip-hop.
The work is rife with source material and research, including references to such widely diverse personages as Copernicus, Pythagoras, Ayn Rand, Homer Hoyt, Thelonius Monk
, and Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton of The Honeymooners.
This was a tribute to Thelonius Monk
(a great favourite in Birmingham - watch out for a special celebration next year) with Tony Kofi, Jonathon Gee, Ben Hazleton and Rod Youngs an impressive line up in itself, but when supplemented by Aisling Iris singing in the style of Carmen McRae those lucky enough to be present knew they were witnessed something very special.
The American won the Thelonius Monk
International Jazz Piano Competition in 2011 which, as far as jazz awards go, is a bit of a big deal, and he's able to name-drop Jay Z and Kanye West among his musical collaboraters.
Many of the numbers were originals by the quartet leader, but even compositions from canonical jazz figures such as Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, Lee Morgan and Thelonius Monk
were given highly idiosyncratic interpretations.
Gilkes has been a finalist in the Thelonius Monk
International Jazz Competition and was voted a "rising star" several times in DownBeat Magazine's Critics Poll.
As you progress through the rest of the album - All the Things You Are, 52nd Street Theme (a Thelonius Monk
composition), Wee (Allen's Alley), Hot House and, finally, A Night in Tunisia - things get even better.
One is the Ghanaian percussionist Guy Warren (Kofi Ghanaba), who in 1957 released the first of his several African jazz albums and worked with African American jazz musicians Max Roach and Thelonius Monk
This film reveals how the duo overcame linguistic and financial difficulties to bring global attention to pioneering artists such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Thelonius Monk
and Art Blakey.
The house jazz trio will play the likes of Thelonius Monk
, John Coltrane and Sonny Miles.