Zurke And Monk: A Discovery

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Researching Thelonious Monk’s inspirations and examples, the Canadian composer and musicologist Andrew Homzy has turned up a connection that may seem unlikely—until you hear the evidence. “It has been well documented,” Homzy wrote a group of fellow jazz researchers yesterday, “that Monk was inspired by Mary Lou William's ‘Walkin' And Swingin'’ (‘Rhythm-a-ning’) and John Kirby's ‘Pastel Blue’ (‘Blue Monk’). 

This morning, I discovered that Bob Zurke's performance of 'Tea For Two', with … [Read more...]