The Sunday, November 9 Jazz Unlimited will present “Interpretations of Monk.” Thelonious Monk’s compositions are little, quirky gems that are among the most recorded in jazz. Monk’s distinctive piano playing will not be present as we hear others interpret his tunes. The Interpretations include 10 vocal recordings, 10 recordings of small groups without horns and nine 9 big band recordings. Some of the big bands are the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Quincy Jones Orchestra and others. Vocalists include Carmen McRae, Kevin Mahogany and Denise Jannah, among others. The small groups include the Monk’s Music Trio, the Tommy Flanagan Trio and pianist Anthony Davis.
The Slide Show contains my photographs of some of the artists heard on this show.
Here is a version of 'Round Midnight sung by Carmen McRae, accompanied by Dizzy Gillespie (tp) Walter Davis, Jr. (p) Richard Davis (b) and Ben Riley (d). The date is unknown, but was probably 1975-1980.