October 2012

Thelonious Monk

Monk  There is no one more unique than pianist Thelonious Monk.  He was an original who created bebop harmonies and  wrote melodies that are angular and still melodic.  He played in a style that was minimalist, yet Coltrane said that playing with Monk was like going to a jazz university.  Hear the distinctive sounds of jazz legend Thelonious Monk tonight on the 9 O'clock Special.

Billy Higgins

Jazz drummer Billy Higgins played on over 700 recordings.  He worked with Ornette Coleman, Pat Metheny, Dexter Gordon and even some rock artists!  His top quality performance matched by his joyful energy and showmanship has inspired many of todays great drummers. Find out why on the Monday night 9 O'clock special, when we celebrate jazz legend Billy Higgins.

Bud Powell

Bud Powell Harlem pianist Bud Powell was a genius, along with Charlie Parker he created bebop.  He also had mental problems that kept him in hospitals for much of his career.  Learn more about Bud Powell and hear his amazing chops whether he is ripping through some bebop changes or cruising a blues.  We will also hear some sweet Chicago sound from Norman Simmons tonight it's 2 for 1 on the 9 O'clock special. Jazz awakes at 8.