Date: Saturday, November 25th, 2017
Venue: Koerner Hall
Two of the best Latin jazz pianists and band leaders in the world bring their trios to Koerner Hall for an unforgettable double bill celebrating the 100th birthday of Thelonious Monk and the 20th anniversary of Pérez’s album, Panamonk.
Thelonious Monk is universally regarded as one of jazz’s greatest icons and his enduring influence is still paramount
today, 100 years after his birth. As a performer and innovator, Danilo Pérez has made his own considerable mark in
the genre. 20 years ago, Pérez recorded an album celebrating Monk’s legacy. On Panamonk, Pérez explored Monk’s
music and style through a contemporary jazz lens … adding a bit of his own personal Panamanian flair.
The New York Times called it “a masterpiece of jazz synthesis,” and said, “Mr. Pérez’s approach was refreshing in its
irreverence: rather than try to be as faithful as possible to Monk’s distinctive rhythms and harmonies, he used Monk’s
vision as a jumping – off point for his own individuality as an improviser.” Now, in celebration of Monk’s centennial, Pérez revisits Panamonk and brings his fresh take on the music to today’s audiences.
Extravagantly gifted Cuban pianist, Alfredo Rodríguez has enjoyed a precipitous rise to international prominence, championed and produced by Quincy Jones. The Grammy nominated phenom released Tocororo in 2016, musical representation of the exuberance and colours of the world, through Rodriguez’s Cuban lens.
Part of The Royal Conservatory’s TD Jazz: The Roots of Jazz concert series – Danilo Perez and Alfredo Rodriguez Trios, November 25th at Koerner Hall. For tickets and info, visit rcmusic.com/performance