Tuesday Oct. 10
On this day 100 years ago, pianist and composer Thelonious Sphere Monk was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Three years later his family would move to New York where Monk would become a force in jazz. His 70 originals are so strong that only Duke Ellington’s compositions, which stack up at more than 1000, are recorded more often. With his portfolio of sturdy frames Monk remains a faithful guardian of the one-take spirit. The focus isn’t the lead sheet, in Monk’s compositions. It’s what the musicians are loosed to do with it. A tribute of note in this area came Sunday thanks to film critic Matt Zoller Seitz, the son of Dallas jazz pianist Dave Zoller. He helped DocuFest acquire the film Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser for a noontime screening at Studio Movie Grill’s Northwest Highway location. A reflection on Charlotte Zwerin’s documentary featuring generous performance footage and awed insight from Monk’s helpers until his death in 1982 is here to begin our DocuFest Diaries series.
Where you can experience jazz tonight, for free:
Kenton Hall, UNT College of Music: Pianist Dan Haerle’s faculty recital. Original tunes by Haerle and John Murphy, who’ll also play saxophone; Lynn Seaton plays bass and Richard DeRosa plays drums. 8pm.
Killer’s Jazz Jam at Killer’s Tacos in Denton: A house band of guitar, bass, keys and drums leaves room for comers to bring their own horns and improvise. 7 pm.
JazzStand on Abrams: The Bobby Falk group plays as a seven-piece, complete with vibraphone and vocals by Anne Falkenstein. 7 pm.
Today also marks the 10th anniversary of Radiohead’s In Rainbows. A band twelve musicians deep interprets the album start to finish at 9:30pm after Kind Beats warms up by playing tracks from various Radiohead openers at Dan’s Silverleaf.
*** The Dallas Cultural Plan meetings continue with a red-letter installment at South Dallas Cultural Center. Creating our Future Dallas, a group led by artists that advocates for other artists and works to preserve culture rather than somehow create it, leads this meeting. It runs from 6-8pm. Here are some things to consider in prepping. ***
Wednesday Oct. 11
There’s a curiously large-scale tribute to Stranger Things at Fort Worth’s Main at South Side, featuring visual art inspired by the show and DJ sets by Ronnie Heart and Bad Club.
Thursday Oct. 12
It’s Flamenco Night at Wild Detectives. That means you can glimpse Saturday’s crowning set of the Oak Cliff Flamenco Festival — its headliners, who hail from cities around the world, hold court for an intimate set: dancer/singer Manuel Gutierrez, singer/guitarist Jose Cortez Fernandez, guitarist Ricardo Diaz, and dancer Jorge Robledo are supported by local performers.
Animated French feature The Triplets of Belleville (2003) is scored live outside AT&T Performing Arts Center by Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville with composer Benoit Charest himself.