On November 10th at 8 pm, Jason Moran, jazz pianist and his group Big Bandwagon will perform the award-winning multimedia show IN MY MIND: Monk at Town Hall 1959 at UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in DTLA. The original concert was historic because of jazz legend and innovator, Thelonious Monk played with an orchestra for the very first time.
Jason Moran was commissioned in 2007 to create this show in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Monk’s performance at New York’s Town Hall and has performed IN MY MIND: Monk at Town Hall 1959 worldwide for the last 10 years. However, in 2017, the performance is done in celebration of Thelonious Monk’s 100th birthday and the 10-year anniversary of Moran’s first performance. The show portrays what Monk’s artistic process was during that time by using audio conversations with Thelonious Monk and arranger Hal Overton with archival photographs and video produced by David Dempewolf. The multimedia presentation is combined with Moran’s musical arrangements that exude the spirit of the original charts of Hal Overton but takes the music in radical new directions.
Pianist and composer, Jason Moran has earned the prestigious MacArthur Genius Grant Fellowship and is the Artistic Director of Jazz at the Kennedy Center. He has been performing worldwide with his trio The Bandwagon since 2000. He also wrote the film score to Selma, composed a ballet for Alonzo King LINES Ballet and has paid homage to legendary jazz pianists with his Blue Note album All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller and his multimedia program, IN MY MIND: Monk at Town Hall 1959.
The information for buying tickets is the following:
Single tickets: $29.50–$59.50
Phone: 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849)
The Theatre at Ace Hotel box office: Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; day of show, 90 minutes prior to the event start time.
Jason Moran and The Big Bandwagon
Jason Moran | Piano
Wallace Roney II | Trumpet
Immanuel Wilkins | Alto Sax
Walter Smith III | Tenor Sax
Frank Lacy | Trombone
Bob Stewart | Tuba
Tarus Mateen | Bass
Nasheet Waits | Drums
David Dempewolf | Videographer