Jazz Band Likes It Straight No Chaser for Next Concert
Thelonius Monk's genius as a composer (pictured left) is on display at the next New Horizons Jazz Band concert with a swinging version of Straight No Chaser. This particuar version was arranged by Rick Stitzel, a long time music educator, composer, and arranger. The Band plays Thursday, August 25th in Spring Green. Look for more details on the performance on this site in the next day or two.
Music critic Scott Yarnow had this observation about Monk's genius: "The most important jazz musicians are the ones who are successful in creating their own original world of music with its own rules, logic, and surprises. Thelonious Monk, who was criticized by observers who failed to listen to his music on its own terms, suffered through a decade of neglect before he was suddenly acclaimed as a genius; his music had not changed one bit in the interim. In fact, one of the more remarkable aspects of Monk's music was that it was fully formed by 1947 and he saw no need to alter his playing or compositional style in the slightest during the next 25 years."
Here is a rendition of Straight No Chaser by the Lativan Army Band (of all bands!).