The Music of Thelonious Monk
“You can never talk about Monk too much. You can never listen to Monk too much. You can never play Monk too much.” So says bassist and bandleader Christian McBride, who has done plenty of all three, but rarely in such a focused setting. In this special Fellows event, McBride reunites with legendary pianist Kenny Barron to explore the endlessly mystifying repertoire of the “genius of modern music.”
Pianist Kenny Barron has been on the scene for more than five decades. His many collaborators have included Dizzy Gillespie, Yusef Lateef, Ron Carter, and Stan Getz. His group Sphere, a tribute to Thelonious Monk, was active in the 1980s. Barron was professor of music at Rutgers University from 1974 to 2000, and was named an NEA Jazz Master in 2010.
Christian McBride is “one of the most important and most omnipresent figures in the jazz world” (NPR). In addition to his Grammy-winning Christian McBride Trio and his Christian McBride Big Band, McBride has worked with such notable artists as James Brown, Paul McCartney, and Sonny Rollins. Offstage, McBride hosts NPR’s “Jazz Night in America” and SiriusXM’s “The Lowdown,” and serves as artistic director of the Newport Jazz Festival.