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Wynton Marsalis (Photo by Luigi Beverelli)

Wynton Marsalis (Photo by Luigi Beverelli)

The Music of Thelonious Monk: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis CL Recommends

When: Fri., April 13, 7:30 p.m. 2018
Price: $20 and up

It’s awesome that Wynton Marsalis is paying tribute to Thelonious Monk, but it’s a weird fit. For Marsalis, jazz begins and ends with hard bop. There’s nothing wrong with that, except that Marsalis shellacs and embalms the style he loves and turns it into a museum piece. With his rhythmic Harlem-stride-influenced piano solos that accentuate the silence between the notes, Monk was an iconoclast — one that hard bop fans initially derided.

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