Min Xiao-Fen plays Thelonious Monk

Another clip from last night’s Min Xiao-Fen performance at Bohemian Caverns in Washington DC.  I liked how calm and collected she was when one of her strings went awry. She seamlessly incorporated the adjustment into the performance of “Ask Me Now” by Thelonious Monk.

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Before & After: Vijay Iyer

© Larry Appelbaum

At the 2007 Vancouver Jazz Festival, Vijay Iyer gave an afternoon workshop on his compositional approach and took a break before his evening concert to listen to some music and share his comments.

 

 

1. Thelonious Monk
“It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” (from Plays Duke Ellington, Riverside). Monk, piano; Oscar Pettiford, bass; Kenny Clarke, drums. Recorded in 1955, reissued 2007.

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Discovering the Monk-Coltrane tapes

I’ve been fortunate to spend most of my career at the Library of Congress, and lucky to have discovered many treasures there over the years. But this recording resonated more than any other (so far). Here is a short documentary made by Kim Fields for the release of the Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall tapes. The tapes were discovered at LC in 2005 and subsequently released on CD by Blue Note and on vinyl by Mosaic.