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Sun 25th June at 4:30pm
Celebrating 100 years of Thelonious Monk
For Monk’s centenary in 2017, Thelonious (Martin Speake, Hans Koller, Calum Gourlay and James Maddren) will have completed their special mission of knowing the entire Monk songbook. The band started a monthly residency at London’s Vortex in January 2015, dedicated to playing Monk songs exclusively, and has since learned and performed over 50 of his tunes. In addition to the amazing compositions and his beautiful playing, the band take great inspiration from Monk’s legendary advice to Steve Lacy, from 1960:
LET’S LIFT THE BAND STAND!!
A NOTE CAN BE SMALL AS A PIN OR AS BIG AS THE WORLD, IT DEPENDS ON YOUR IMAGINATION.
DON’T PLAY EVERYTHING (OR EVERY TIME).
LET SOME THINGS GO BY, SOME MUSIC JUST IMAGINED.
WHAT YOU DON’T PLAY CAN BE MORE IMPORTANT THAT WHAT YOU DO.
STOP PLAYING ALL THOSE WEIRD NOTES, PLAY THE MELODY!
WHEN YOU’RE SWINGING, SWING SOME MORE!
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