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The 29th Annual Sunbelt Jazz Festival

The University of West Georgia
Featuring T.S. Monk, percussion  

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Under the direction of Dr. Daniel Bakos, the UWG Jazz Ensemble hosts jazz percussionist T. S. Monk, son of Thelonius Monk. T. S. Monk (Thelonious Monk, Jr.) began music study on trumpet and piano before switching to drums at age 13. He studied with Max Roach prior to his first public performance with his father on a television show in 1970. He toured with his father's quartet during 1970-1971 and then performed with the fusion band Natural Essence and the Paul Jeffrey Big Band. T. S. Monk had an R&B group called T.S. Monk that had a few hits. In 1986, he established the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, an organization that celebrates Thelonious Monk Sr.'s music. His work with the institute inspired him to return to jazz performance. He played in Clifford Jordan’s big band and with Walter Davis before putting together his own sextet, which has had stable personnel since the late '80s. Monk’s group often performs obscure jazz originals from the 1960s hard bop era with accurate transcriptions by Don Sickler, the trumpeter/arranger for the group. Monk is an excellent drummer who sounds reminiscent of Tony Williams. Some of his recordings include Monk on Monk (1997), The Charm (Blue Note 1995), Changing of the Guard (Blue Note 1993), and Take One (Blue Note 1991).

Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
The University of West Georgia
Carrollton, Georgia 30118-2210
April 18, 2014

Come and perform for T.S. Monk at the Twenty-Ninth annual Sunbelt Jazz Festival.  Mr. Monk will listen to your ensemble, provide a written critique, then rehearse and/or play with your group.  This is an opportunity for your students to be directed by and perform with a great jazz musician.  Imagine the excitement and inspiration your students will have working so closely with T.S.

Presented by the University of West Georgia Jazz Ensemble & The Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
Dr. Daniel Bakos, Director
For more information, contact Dr. Daniel Bakos at:
Office: (678) 839-6269
FAX:   (678) 839-6259
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