Celebrating his new recording, Zero.
"There has always been a connection between Thelonious Monk and Matthew Shipp, just not in the music they play. Monk, a student of Harlem stride piano, was present at the birth of bebop. Shipp, born in 1960, has always been associated with the avant-garde, free jazz and improvisation. The connection between the two pianists is their creation of a distinctive and personal language. Monk's melodic twists were foreign to many listeners and were put down as being weird and unconventional. It may be surprising today to read reviews of Monk's music from back in the day describing his playing "wrong notes." Today we hold up as untouchable genius the music he wrote and perfected over many years practice and application, and it seems strange to us that many couldn't "hear" it." -- All About Jazz review of Zero
Admission: $17 in advance/$20 at door/$10 full time students with ID