16 June 2017 19:45
This is the Birmingham Jazz contribution to the Monkathon, organised by the Birmingham Conservatoire. This band led by lead Tutor Arnie Somogyi is a welcome return from their storming performance in our Legends Festival in 2015, and is their hard-grooving tribute to Thelonious Monk. Led by Bassist Arnie Somogyi, Jump Monk pays tribute to two of the greatest composers in Jazz: Charles Mingus and Thelonious Monk
'Jump Monk' is a Charles Mingus tune celebrating Thelonious Monk; as this band sets out to do. This stellar line-up includes Birmingham Jazz favourites, Tony Kofi and Clark Tracey. They will be presenting their Monk repertoire - expect passion and fireworks from the front line, pushed on by one of the best rhythm sections you can find today.
...Jump Monk, this led from the back by Arnie Somogyi, a bassist who doesn't mark time but makes it sing, urging his fellows on in the most vital way on an array of Monk's tunes [with extra Mingus] aided by Clark Tracey and the ever adroit pianist Liam Noble. Add in Jeremy Price's trombone and the searing alto of Toni Kofi, with his flame thrower tone and vehement attack, and you have music of real consequence. Haitian Fight Song had it - Peter Vacher, Jazzwise.
Line up: Arnie Somogyi – Bass; Andy Panayi – Sax; Jeremy Price – Trombone; Mark Edwards – Piano and Andrew Bain – Drums.
£12.50/£10 Members/Students £5
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