T.S. Monk with Nnenna Freelon and Kevin Mahogany, and Ernie Watts Quartet
In celebration of Black History Month, Jazz Roots honors the legacy of two of the most influential musicians in the history of jazz -- Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane. This special concert will be headlined by T.S. Monk, critically-acclaimed drummer and son of icon Thelonious Monk. Dedicated to keeping the musical legacy of his father alive, T.S. Monk founded the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, building it to one of the pre-eminent musical education institutions in the world. In honor of his father's 80th birthday, he recorded a tribute album, Monk on Monk, which received Downbeat magazine's Album of the Year Reader's Choice Award.
Monk will be joined on stage by the supreme musicianship and improvisatory skills of the quintessential jazz vocalists Kevin Mahogany and Nnenna Freelon. The program will also showcase the high-energy quartet of two-time Grammy Award-winning tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts, who counts Coltrane as one of his major musical influences