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Yardbird Suite All Stars: 100th Birthday of Thelonious Monk

Yardbird Suite All Stars: 100th Birthday of Thelonious Monk

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About the Yardbird Suite

The Yardbird Suite has been Edmonton's jazz venue since 1957.  It is the performance venue of the Edmonton Jazz Society, and is  an intimate,…

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Edmonton Jazz Society presents THE BEST OF ALBERTA JAZZ - From Edmonton, Yardbird Suite All Starts 100th Birthday of Thelonious Monk on November 24 + 25 at 8 pm at the Yardbird Suite, 11 Tommy Banks Way DOORS 7 PM - SHOW 8 PM

Jerrold Dubyk, Kent Sangster, Ray Baril, Jeremiah McDade, Dave Babcock - saxophones
Bob Tildesley, Doug Berner, Allan Gilliland - trumpets
Craig Brenan, Marty Majorowicz, Matt White, Ken Read - trombones
Chris Andrew - piano
Rubim de Toledo - bass
Jamie Cooper - drums

2017 marks the centenary of the birth of one of the great icons of jazz - Thelonious Monk. To mark this special event, Craig Brenan will be directing the Yardbird Suite All Stars performing the arrangements from a 1968 West Coast Columbia Records recording of the Thelonious Monk Big Band entitled “Monk’s Blues”.

A big band recording by Thelonious Monk was an unusual and infrequent occurrence. He had previously recorded tentets at Town Hall in New York in 1959 and 1963. For “Monk’s Blues”, he travelled to Los Angeles where producer Teo Macero (famous for his work with Miles Davis) assembled a big band featuring stalwarts such as Bob Brookmeyer, Conte Candoli, Charlie Rouse and Ernie Watts. Oliver Nelson was engaged to write the arrangements. “Monk’s Blues” turned out to be the last studio sessions recorded by the legendary pianist.

Among the famous Monk tunes included on the original vinyl release were “Little Rootie Tootie”, “Brilliant Corners”, “Trinkle, Tinkle” and “Straight, No Chaser”. “Blue Monk” and “Round Midnight” were added to the CD reissue in 1994. In addition, the Yardbird Suite All Stars will also be performing Monk tunes by other arrangers including some arrangements written specifically for Joe Henderson plus a few small band songs to recreate collaborations by Monk and John Coltrane.

Tickets are $28 each, plus applicable fees.

Date & Times

  • Fri 11/24/17 8:00pm
  • Sat 11/25/17 8:00pm