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NC Jazz Musician Thelonious Monk

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In the 95-year history of Time magazine, only five jazz musicians have been portrayed on its cover. Two of them — one in the flesh, one in the spirit — will be present April 13 at Knight Theater.

Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis will lead the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in a tribute to Thelonious Monk, who was born 100 years ago last October.

Marsalis has been a Monk devotee for decades. He recorded a 1999 tribute album, “Standard Time, Vol. 4: Marsalis Plays Monk.” As managing and artistic director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center program, he’ll do his third annual Monk Festival Oct. 25-27 in New York, leading and playing Monk’s music on three stages. The orchestra now has more than 40 Monk compositions in its songbook, and Marsalis aims eventually to include all 72.

Marsalis has also built a relationship with Blumenthal Performing Arts, whose Charlotte Jazz Festival has swelled to a week-long event. It begins April 9 with the first of five free lunchtime concerts in the Jazz Pavilion at Levine Center for the Arts. It ends Sunday afternoon with the last of a dozen free jazz performances at the Pavilion concerts there.

In between come a “Hamiltunes” concert, appearances in Romare Bearden Park by the Baylor Project and Parlor Social, late-night jams, a young artists’ competition, a Saturday morning Jazz Brew and gigs by the Joey DeFrancesco Trio, Pedrito Martinez Group and Mwenso and the Shakes. Marsalis will front two orchestral tributes, one for Monk and another for Leonard Bernstein on April 14…..

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