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Award-Winning Drummer T.S. Monk to Headline July Jazz Getaway at Moravian

14th annual July Jazz Getaway week will be held from Sunday, July 9 to Saturday, July 15

Bethlehem, Pa., February 24, 2006—T. S. Monk, son of jazz great Thelonious Monk, will be the feature artist at this year’s July Jazz Getaway at Moravian College. Monk is a noted jazz drummer, composer, and bandleader as well as founder of Thelonious Records and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.

The Moravian College Music Institute will hold the 14th annual July Jazz Getaway week from Sunday, July 9 to Saturday, July 15. The fantasy camp has become very popular with amateur jazz musicians throughout the region who flock to Moravian College each July to learn from and jam with some of the biggest names in jazz.

Monk has garnered rave reviews nationwide, and has performed to sold-out concert halls throughout North America, South America, Europe, and the Middle East.. He is a recipient of the New York Jazz Awards’ Recording of the Year and Downbeat’s Reader’s Poll Award.

Although his father gained fame as a jazz pianist, Monk was drawn to drums as a young child and became permanently dedicated to them once his future teacher, Max Roach gave him a drum set. After graduation, he joined the Thelonious Monk Trio and toured with his father until the elder Monk retired in 1975 . He then toured with a group called Natural Essence, and formed a band with his late sister, Barbara . He played, arranged, and sang for two albums – House of Music and More of the Good Life.

He formed the Thelonious Monk Jazz Sextet in 1992. In addition to recording several albums, the group formed the basis of the eleven-member band featured on Monk on Monk, an 80th birthday tribute to Monk’s father, who died in 1982. The sextet played with jazz legends such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Arturo Sandoval, Dianne Reeves, Nnenna Freelon, and Howard Johnson. That group has since given way to the New T.S. Monk Septet.

Monk is involved in several efforts to honor his father. He continues to serve as chairman for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which sponsors music education internationally through full scholarships. It also funds after-school athletic programs. His newest venture, Thelonious Records has released two albums of his father’s finest work, Monk in Paris: Live at the Olympia and Monk and Coltrane at Carnegie Hall. He also recorded his most recent disc, Higher Ground, with the label in 2003.

July Jazz Getaway (JJG) was conceived in 1993 as a simple idea: a place where adult amateur jazz musicians could get away from their usual daily lives and get together to play lots of jazz in a fantasy camp, vacation atmosphere, with no pressure and where the emphasis is on having fun. During the week, musicians explore a range of jazz genres: Swing, Bebop, Fusion, Traditional (Dixieland), Rock, Latin, and more. Every day their schedule encompasses playing in small groups, big bands, and even daily jam sessions. Led by Neil Wetzel, Director of Jazz Studies at Moravian College, and other JJG faculty members, participants have a full week of playing and listening to jazz.

Clinics and concerts with guest artists are also a part of the week's activities. Past artists have included Ellis Marsalis, Clark Terry, Terell Stafford, Bobby Watson, Wycliffe Gordon, and Bobby Sanabria. A variety of social events completes the day's schedule. Activities include a Lehigh Valley Jam Session open to local musicians and off site visits to area jazz venues.

JJG participants have come from several states across the country and had various occupations. Among them were: college professor, scientist, mail carrier and advertising executive. What brought them together was their love of jazz. As Jelly Roll Morton once said, "Good music never gets old".

For more information call 610-861-1650, send an email to jjg@moravian.edu, or visit the website at: http://home.moravian.edu/public/music/jjg/about.htm