Brooklyn Lyceum toasts Thelonious Monk on his 92nd Birthday with a screening of Straight, No Chaser

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Brooklyn Lyceum toasts Thelonious Monk on his 92nd Birthday with a screening of Straight, No Chaser

Time: October 10, 2009 from 9:30pm to 11pm
Location: Brooklyn Lyceum
Street: 227 4th Avenue
City/Town: Brooklyn
Website or Map: http://www.brooklynlyceum.com
Phone: 718-857-4816
Event Type: documentary, film, screening
Organized By: Brooklyn Lyceum
Latest Activity: Sep 14, 2016

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In the alphabet of 88 ivory keys, there are few musicians who could weave such poetry as Thelonious Monk, the legendary Jazz pianist who lived from 1910 to 1982. We’re celebrating his dynamic and sometimes complicated life and genius on what would be his 92nd birthday with a screening of the documentary Straight, No Chaser, made a few years after his passing.

Often regarded as a founder of bebop and one of the most revered musicians in jazz history, Monk's playing style later evolved into more complex improvisation, dissonant harmonies and an unorthodox approach to the piano, which combined a highly percussive attack with abrupt, dramatic use of silences and tempo. He is one of only five jazz musicians to be featured on the cover of Time (along with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Wynton Marsalis, and Dave Brubeck).

Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988) is a documentary produced by Clint Eastwood and directed by Charlotte Zwerin, with posthumous interviews with friends and family, a great deal of archived footage, and insights into Monk's personality attributed to possible mental illness. The best parts, however, are the many many moments of the film when it is just Monk and the piano, an intensity the film captures beautifully. Come give a legend his due and toast to Monk on our large 25ft screen.

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