Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez paid tribute to Thelonious Monk 20 years ago with his album Panamonk, which put a latin spin on Monk’s brilliant compositions (“Round Midnight,” “Straight no Chaser,” and many others). Monk famously said “wrong is right,” and proved it with off-tempo rhythms and dissonant notes in memorable songs that invited improvisation. Perez is in the Bay Area this week with his trio, featuring bassist Ben Street and drummer Adam Cruz, and playing the songs from Panamonk. His interpretations remain insightful and charming. He plays Cafe Stritch Oct. 8, Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz Oct. 12, and SFJAZZ Oct. 13. Details here.

Paying Tribute to a Jazz Genius on His 100th Birthday 5 October,2017Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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