RCM presents Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser

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Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Tue, Feb 21 6:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Charlotte Zwerin


Along with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, pianist Thelonious Monk is credited as one of the pioneering musicians of bebop and is the second most recorded jazz composer in the world. Charlotte Zwerin's documentary tries to unravel Monk, who was known for having a thorny personality and an aggressive playing technique to match. Interviews with Monk's son and fellow musicians shed some light, and performance footage from a European tour captures his idiosyncratic style.

Saxophonist Pat LaBarbera will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion, moderated by Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of The Royal Conservatory of Music's Performing Arts Division.

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Promotional Partner: Music Gallery

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