Thelonious Monk

For this special American Routes program, we follow the lives of two giants of jazz: Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane. From their humble North Carolina beginnings to their triumphs on the world stage, we’ll trace their individual and inspired paths to creativity. 

And we’ll visit with the musicians who played with the greats, including McCoy Tyner and Pharoah Sanders, and the next generation, TS Monk and Ravi Coltrane.

Gabi Porter

We take a deep dive into the vaults of Blue Note Records, the independent label that helped put artists like Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey and Jimmy Smith on the map. Flagbearer of trad jazz, bebop and the cool school, Blue Note is still at it after 79 years and has expanded its wheelhouse to include vocalists like Norah Jones, Ryan Adams and Van Morrison. We talk with producer extraordinaire and Blue Note president Don Was about the label's past and new directions.

In this hour of Blue Dimensions, new music from pianist Kenny Barron and his Quintet, an album called "Concentric Circles." Barron received the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master designation eight years ago, and numerous other honors, including, six times, the Jazz Journalist's Association Best Pianist award, so he has made for himself a large footprint to fill, but he and his band are fully up to the task on "Concentric Circles." We'll hear some original Barron pieces, and a Thelonious Monk composition from the Quintet - - and Monk will make an appearance as well, with tenor sax g

Join KRCB-FM for WORLD CAFÉ weekdays at 2 pm – here is this week’s schedule:  

Monday, April 30th – Chick Corea  

Chick Corea is one of the greatest living piano players. On the next World Cafe He tells stories about performing with Miles Davis, watching Thelonious Monk play and collaborating with legendary drummer Steve Gadd on their latest album. Chick Corea, seated at the piano on Monday's World Cafe.   

Tuesday, May 1st – Anderson East  

Join host Doug Jayne, Saturday night at 7:00 pm, for 4 hours of great music on Jazz Connections!

From Doug:

"I was drawn to the music of the Big Bands as a kid, watching my dad reminisce and play his rare Glenn Miller tapes. As I grew up and starting digging progressive rock, I expanded into progressive Jazz, such as John McLaughlin, Weather Report and their ilk. When I started in the record biz in 1975, I was enlightened by my customers, some true Jazz fans that showed me the albums to check out. Miles and Mingus and Monk: Oh MY!!  

We take a deep dive into the vaults of Blue Note Records, the independent label that helped put artists like Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey and Jimmy Smith on the map.  

Flagbearer of trad jazz, bebop and the cool school, Blue Note is still at it after 79 years and has expanded its wheelhouse to include vocalists like Norah Jones, Ryan Adams and Van Morrison.