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A Tribute to Thelonious Monk with Ben Riley and Kenny Barron, TriBeCa Performing Arts Center, New York

Ben Riley

In his introductory remarks, promoter Jack Kleinsinger admitted that he was a little early for Monk’s October 90th birthday but wanted to be the first to put on such a concert. He went on to say that the inspiration for the event had come from Memories of T, the excellent 2006 CD by Ben Riley and His Monk Legacy Septet.

The band then took their places on stage, Riley behind the kit with trumpeter/arranger Don Sickler, alto saxophonist Bruce Williams, tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, baritone saxophonist Jay Branford, guitarist Freddie Bryant and bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa.

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