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Jazz Deals of the Century – Following Monk

Paul, · Categories: General

Aaron Greenwald of Duke Performances is offering a jazzy peaceful outreach to UNC and NCCU students and to community members in the form of reduced prices for some upcoming concerts in the Following Monk series.

NCCU, UNC, DPS & Triangle Jazz Society Friends:

Over here at Duke Performances, we’re looking forward to three exceptional, upcoming performances in the next month celebrating what would have been NC-born jazz legend Thelonious Monk’s 90th b-day. We would like to offer you, your students, your members & friends a special deal on tix for these monumental concert events:

Half-price tickets for community members and Duke employees.*
$5 tickets for all students, an extension from the usual Duke student exclusive offer.**

Charles Tolliver, Andy Bey, and Jason Moran, extraordinary artists, deserving of a full house, will each give a rare performance for the Following Monk Festival.

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CHARLES TOLLIVER ORCHESTRA

Exclusive Concert Event
THE THELONIOUS MONK ORCHESTRA AT TOWN HALL, 1959: REVIVING A LANDMARK
Saturday, 10/13/07, 8 pm, Page Auditorium

For the “Following Monk” festival, the man who’s played with Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, and Max Roach will lead his critically acclaimed orchestra through Monk’s legendary ’59 Town Hall tenter concert, start to finish— the first time this storied section of the Monk catalogue has been played in nearly 50 years.

Tickets were: $38 • $30 • $22 • $5 (Special offer: price applies to all students)
Special offer: $19 • $15 • $11 • $5 (Students)

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ANDY BEY TRIO

Exclusive Concert Event
CARMEN SINGS MONK: A NEW INTERPRETATION
Thursday, 10/18/07, 8 pm, Reynolds Industries Theater

For this special “Following Monk” festival show, this “ferociously talented” singer-pianist (“New York Times”) interprets selections from Carmen McRae’s iconic album of Monk arrangements, “Carmen Sings Monk,” 14 tracks of of Monk’s iconic tunes given voice.

Tickets were: $26 • $20 • $5 (Special offer: price applies to all students)
Special offer: $13 • $10 • $5 (Students)

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JASON MORAN OCTET

A World Premiere
IN MY MIND: MONK AT TOWN HALL, 1959
Saturday, 10/27/07, 8 pm, Page Auditorium

In this world-premiere performance, a prodigy pianist, gifted composer, and heir to the Monk tradition debuts IN MY MIND, a full-length original piece based on Monk’s legendary 1959 Town Hall concert, W. Eugene Smith’s documentary work, and Moran’s 2007 pilgrimage to Monk’s ancestral home in North Carolina. The piece incorporates live performance by an eight-piece ensemble, video projections, and recorded samples of Monk rehearsing his band for the Town Hall performance.

Tickets were: $38 • $30 • $22 • $5 (Special offer: price applies to all students)
Special offer: $19 • $15 • $11 • $5 (Students)

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To purchase tix, visit dukeperformances.org, or call (919) 684-4444 and let the box office representative know you would like to take advantage of this deal.

When purchasing the tickets online, you will see the discounted price once you have added tickets to your basket.

*Four half-price tickets per purchase.
** Two $5 ticket per valid student ID.

Dancing with Art – Jane Filer Show

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Saturday night amongst our social stops was a wonderful art opening at Tyndall Galleries in UMall of new work by Jane Filer, one of our favorite artists and one of our favorite people. The show itself was a delight. The gallery was crowded with great people. There was a drummer/percussionist playing and that seemed very appropriate — especially later when the paintings came to live and danced through and with the crowd.

Jane Filer has up a video of the dancing figures here. It’s a must see.

Sally has some great still shots of a different mask with its owner and with its creator.

Two years ago, some pioneer maskers invaded the Mall itself. They’re seen here, and here, and here and here with gallery owner Jane Tyndall and artist Jane Filer.

Greene-mania at Festifall

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I usually don’t write about Sally and politics. This Sunday, we spent the day at Festifall giving out balloons and talking to people. And despite the heat, unusual for October, we had a great time. Festifall wasn’t overcrowded and the mood was relaxed. Lots of kids with their grandparents and at least once with their great grandparents. We did an interview with the Daily Tar Heel which hit the paper today. We also learned that Sally had gotten the important Sierra Club endorsement.