Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser

All right, jazz fans, we've got a special night for you this coming Monday, October 15. The We Always Swing Jazz Series presents the 1988 documentary Thelonious Monk with film introduction from special guest Robin D.G. Kelley, author of Thelonious Monk: The Life And Times of an American Original.

Advance tickets are available at the We Always Swing box office, 21 N. Tenth Street. Box Office hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5:30pm.


Chick Corea on Robin Kelley's book:

“Robin Kelley’s new biography Thelonious Monk: The Life And Times of an American Original is a breath of fresh air among the biographies of our legendary jazz musicians. This book is thorough, detailed and written with a true affinity for Monk’s humaneness and creative musical output. It fills in the missing pieces about the growth of the jazz scene in New York through the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, detailing each step of TSM’s development – who passed through his bands, what gigs he played and what happened on those scenes. It’s an invaluable and close look at the center of the world’s most important creative musical developments in these decades: New York City.”

—Chick Corea