T.S. Monk to Perform at VJC with heralded sextet
The Vermont Jazz Center will present the T.S. Monk Sextet on Saturday, September 20th at 8:00 PM. The group will include T.S. Monk on drums and vocals, Josh Evans (trumpet), Willie Williams (tenor sax), Patience Higgins (alto sax), Brandon McCune (piano) and Belden Bullock (bass).
T.S. Monk is the son of the legendary pianist, Thelonious Monk, whose compositions, style and persona form one of the greatest archetypes in all of jazz. T.S. grew up surrounded by a pantheon of jazz artists: John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, Mary Lou Williams, Johnny Griffin, Randy Weston and Bud Powell where all constant visitors to their New York apartment. As an indication of the inter-connectedness of the jazz greats of that time, Art Blakey gave T.S. his first drum set and Max Roach was his teacher. T.S. is known as Toot by those closet to him. This given name (taken from a children's book turned into a Disney movie) was immortalized in his father's composition: "Little Rootie Tootie." T.S. proudly served as Monk senior's drummer during his twilight years. Getting accepted to play with his father, Thelonious, was no small feat - Monk's challenging music is fundamentally driven by the propulsive energy of the drums; furthermore, it is essential for the percussionist to clearly mark the forms, support the melody and provide responses to Monk's musical "calls." "My father didn't cut corners or make any accommodations for me," says T.S., "he gave me the opportunity to earn my place on the bandstand. Fortunately, I did."
Please purchase tickets on-line to help avoid a massive line on the day of the show. There will be separate lines for "will call" and ticket sales.
Other ticket payment/reservation options:
In the Moment, 143 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
Call the Jazz Center at 802-254-9088 to reserve tickets.