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The Jazz of Thelonious Monk Comes to MiraCosta College

Oceanside CA— The genius of Thelonious Monk is coming to MiraCosta College when Music Department Chair Steve Torok and the MiraCosta Jazz Collective present, “The Eclectic & Brilliant Jazz of Thelonious Monk” during a pair of special performances and discussions set for October 21.

More than a concert, the Monk tribute will include brief discussions of the jazz master interspersed between the tunes. “It’s a nice way of learning more about the artist while playing his music,” said Torok, who noted that earlier, similar events covered the music of jazz masters Art Blakey, Horace Silver and Wayne Shorter.

The first session is set to start at 1 p.m. in Studio A of the Music Building on the Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive, off College Boulevard and state Route 78. A more formal concert will be held at 7:30 p.m., also in Studio A. General admission tickets for the evening performance and discussion are $10, while tickets for students, staff and seniors are $8 each. The 1 p.m. presentation is free.

Monk remains one of the greatest composers and most eclectic figures in jazz history. The bebop innovator wrote such classics as “Round Midnight,” “Blue Monk,” and “Straight, No Chaser.” Besides through his music, Monk’s legacy lives on through the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, established in 1986. Its mission is to offer public school-based jazz education programs for students around the globe, helping them develop imaginative thinking, creativity, curiosity and a respect for their own and others’ cultural heritage.

Torok chairs the MiraCosta College Music Department, teaches saxophone, improvisation, music theory and history, and directs both MOJO (MiraCosta Oceanside Jazz Orchestra) and the Jazz Collective.

For more information, call 760.795.6815 or visit miracosta.edu.