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Wednesday December 02, 2015

From NPR Music

Watch Two Jazz Performances That Wrestle with Race and Policing
By: Patrick Jarenwattananon

Many black jazz musicians have been vocal about this subject since (and well before) Ferguson. Terence Blanchard told us recently that his new record was a reaction to the Black Lives Matter campaign. And going further back, no less a superstar than Miles Davis was beaten in public by New York City police officers for, in his telling, failing to “move on” outside a jazz club where he was performing.

Monk’s next performance in New York City took place half a year later at a theater called Town Hall (one of the few venues not under the purview of cabaret card legislation). The pianist Jason Moran has assembled a concert-length re-imagining of that particular performance, which we filmed for the public media program Jazz Night In America. Jason sat down to reflect about Monk’s experience — and how it relates to his own.

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