Ali Agca – Thelonious Monk Tribute Performance this Friday 29th

For the first time ever in Ecuador, there will be a Tribute Performance by the Ali Agca Jazz Trio at the Jazz Society Cafe.

The tribute performance is part of UNESCO’s ‘International Jazz Week’ at the Jazz Society Café in Cuenca which begins on Wednesday, April 27. It is the 10th year the Jazz Society of Ecuador has been chosen to represent Ecuador in this most prestigious global event. The Jazz Society of Ecuador has been recognized and acknowledged by the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz (previously known as the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz) since 2012. So, the fit between the tribute performance and Jazz Society of Ecuador couldn’t be better.

King of Bebop

Known as “the George Washington of bebop,” Thelonious Monk mastered the new harmonic developments in jazz during the 1940s. During that era, Monk was dubbed “The High Priest of Bop,” and along with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker he led a generation of musicians through the bebop era.

Monk’s open sound was totally brand-new. It had rhythm that felt similar to the bebop that achieved popularity.

Monk loved stride piano (a style of jazz piano playing in which the right hand plays the melody while the left hand alternates between a single note and a chord played an octave or more higher) because it allowed him to infuse his playing with surprise and humor. Critics referred to Monk as “an abstracted stride piano player … he played it in a way that made it funny.”

Rarely performed early songs

Ali’s trio will play some of the first works characteristic of Monk’s unique jazz style, which embraced percussive playing, unusual repetitions and dissonant sounds, rarely performed in jazz clubs these days.

You do not need to be a musician or jazz lover to enjoy the unique sounds of Monk’s music. You can expect to hear some of the most original and challenging music of the 20th century. Whether it’s his dissonant chords or his uncanny sense of space and syncopation, pianist and composer Thelonious Monk’s sound is easily recognizable. He left behind a legacy that has had a lasting influence on modern music and fellow musicians.

Hope to see you at the Jazz Society Cafe this Friday.

April 29th, from 7 to 10 PM, Los Cedros at Los Claveles north of Ordonez Lasso

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