Monk's Casino
Thursday 20. July 14:00
Teatret Vårt (PLASSEN)
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Molde Jazz celebrates Monk anniversary with Schlippenbach.

2017 is the 100 year anniversary of the composer and jazz pianist Thelonius Monk, who was as an integral part of bebop environment around Minton's Playhouse in New York in the 1940s. Monk had a unique way of playing the piano and during his lifetime he contributed to the standard repertoire with a great number of jazz compositions. Many of these are performed and interpreted by numerous jazz musicians today. Thelonius Monk has definitely been one of the most influential jazz pianists and composers for future generations. 

In 2007, German pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach performed his Monk-project at Moldejazz. In later years, both the band and the musicians from Monk's Casino visited Norway and Scandinavia occasionally and have created a following in this country on the basis of their distinctive and strong free jazz expression and solid playing skills. 

 What band better suited to mark the anniversary?  When Monks compositions are filtered through Schlippenbachs arrangements, anything can happen!  The band has an open attitude both musically and conceptually, as well as being musicians with a huge jazz craftsmanship. It is this that makes Monk's Casino so popular among jazz listeners. Schlippenbach is one of the European free jazz veterans - "Free Jazz keeps you young", he says. It does seem like he is right!

Alexander Von Schlippenbach - piano, Axel Dörner - trumpet , Rudi Mahall -Bass clarinet, Jan Roder - bass, and Oli Steidle - drums.