They did it last year – now they’re doing it again! All 70 of Thelonious Monk’s compositions played over three days this week. It’s the brainchild of the people at Birmingham Conservatoire, and some of the regular jazz nights in the city sensibly get involved.
Special featured musicians this year are U.K. saxophonist Martin Speake and U.S. singer Judy Niemack.
As the organisers say: “The Conservatoire Jazz Department is a messenger on a special mission, with plenty of endurance, intensity, physicality and spirit.”
Those Monkathon sessions in brief are:
Monday Showcase – Conservatoire Recital Hall – 7.30pm – More here.
Monday at York’s – York’s Bakery, Newhall Street – 7.30pm – More here.
Martin Speake – Conservatoire Recital Hall – 7pm – More here.
Tuesday at The Spotted Dog – The Spotted Dog, Digbeth – 9pm – More here.
Staff Monk Band – Adrian Boult Hall – 5pm – More here.
Judy Niemack and Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Orchestra, directed by Percy Pursglove – Adrian Boult Hall – 7.45pm – More here.
Come on everybody – Let’s Monk!