Perhaps the most enigmatic talent to have emerged from the maelstrom of bebop in the 1940s, Thelonious Monk continues to exert a powerful influence on the jazz world, as pianist, composer and as an individual force of nature, who had the courage to go against the racism of his era. In the last seven years of his life, Monk stopped talking and playing, totally isolating himself from the world.
Marking the legacy of Thelonious Monk following the centenary of his birth in 2017 through a moving text by prominent Italian writer Stefano Benni, Theatralia's production explores the great pianist in this provocative jazz show directed by Filomena Campus. With music arrangements by Rowland Sutherland and video design by SDNA.
Award-winning vocalist Cleveland Watkiss and pianist Pat Thomas embody the great jazz pianist. They are joined by narrator and vocalist Filomena Campus, Rowland Sutherland (flute), Orphy Robinson (vibes), and Dudley Phillips (double bass). At the EFG London Jazz Festival, the all-star band was joined by Mark Mondesir (drums).