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Jazzmen Keepnews & Monk: Good Together

September 21, 20167 min
Earlier this month, a gathering of musicians paid tribute to the late record producer Orrin Keepnews, who formed close ties with jazz musicians starting in the late 1940s. Keepnews and Thelonious Monk had a special connection, as WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us in this Fishko Files.
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Bill Evans“Waltz for Debby” recorded live at Jazz at Lincoln CenterLarry Willis, piano; Ray Drummond, bass; Akira Tana, drums
Jimmy Heath“On the Trail” recorded live at Jazz at Lincoln CenterJimmy Heath, saxophone; Larry Willis, piano; Ray Drummond, bass; Akira Tana, drums
Thelonious Monk“‘Round Midnight”From The Finest in Jazz: Thelonious Monk, 1947George Taitt, trumpet; Sahib Shihab, alto sax; Thelonious Monk, piano; Bob Paige, bass; Art Blakey, drums
Duke Ellington“Sophisticated Lady”From Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington, 1955Thelonious Monk, piano; Oscar Pettiford, bass; Kenny Clarke, drums
Thelonious Monk“Functional (Take 2)”From Thelonious Himself, 1957Thelonious Monk, piano
Randy Weston“Berkshire Blues” recorded live at Jazz at Lincoln CenterRandy Weston, piano
CORRECTION: The below quote, read by Peter Keepnews, was from a letter from Dan Morgenstern, jazz critic and Director Emeritus of Rutgers University's Institute of Jazz Studies.

"Orrin was a man who had his own ideas about how jazz should be recorded...and maybe the most perfect example of his deep understanding of a musician's need was his relationship with Thelonious Monk. It was Orrin who first brought Monk into full view as the genius that he was."

WNYC Production Credits
Executive Producer: Sara FishkoAssistant Producer: Olivia BrileyMix Engineer: Wayne ShulmisterManaging Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann
"The Record Changer" excerpt read by Andy Lanset
Special thanks to Jazz at Lincoln Center at

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