Apr 6 – 7

Crescent City Monk with Herlin Riley & Friends

30th Anniversary Landmark Concert

Jazz at Lincoln Center

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Drummer Herlin Riley, called "a shining exemplar of New Orleans rhythm" by the New York Times, is a prolific bandleader and an irreplaceable stone in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's foundation. As part of our annual Monk Festival, he's bringing together a group of friends to add some extra Crescent City flavor to Thelonious Monk's music. Joining him will be pianists Eric "ELEW" Lewis and NEA Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis, tenor saxophonist Todd Williams, bassist Reginald Veal, Cuban percussion genius Pedrito Martinez, and a special guest tap dancer. It's a group of distinctive virtuosos, many of whom have deep roots in the music of New Orleans. For the first half of the show, Riley will host an intimate series of solo, duo, and trio performances of essential Monk tunes, highlighting each musician's unique gifts. In the show's second half, Riley will lead a core quartet through additional Monk classics, welcoming extra piano, percussion, and tap dance on various tunes. Monk penned some of the most iconic and profound compositions in jazz history, and his songbook offers a thrilling playground for master improvisers like those featured tonight. This is a group that knows how to have a seriously good time, and their all-Monk performance in The Appel Room guarantees another unforgettable Monk Festival.


This performance has been chosen as a 30th anniversary landmark event because it combines three of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s foundational elements: the city of New Orleans, the music of Thelonious Monk, and the legendary original Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra drummer, New Orleans native Herlin Riley.

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