Jason Moran: In My Mind

North America, Asia, Australia, South America

A hundred years after his birth, celebrate the artistry and legacy of Thelonious Monk in a unique multimedia program from MacArthur Genius and Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz, Jason Moran. Moran credits Monk as the reason he took up the piano, saying, “Thelonious Monk is the most important musician, period. In all the world, period.” With In My Mind, Moran and his Big Bandwagon take audiences on a journey exploring Monk’s roots and illustrating his monumental influence on the music that came after him. Inspired by the Thelonious Monk Orchestra’s historic 1959 concert at New York’s Town Hall, In My Mind features a live musical performance by Moran and his Big Bandwagon interspersed with spoken word, audio recordings, photographs, and video produced by David Dempewolf. The New York Times declares the program a “stunning project — connecting with Monk beyond the surface of his music.”

In My Mind was co-commissioned by Duke University and the Center for Documentary Studies, Jazz at Symphony Center, SFJAZZ, and the Washington Performing Arts Society.