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NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Owens on Thelonious Monk

Jimmy Owens, center, and his band perform The Monk Project at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola inside Jazz at Lincoln Center. Image by Frank Stewart

I'll never forget the moment I met Jimmy Owens in the back of Dizzy's Club a few months ago. The man who often dons a hat that says "Peaceful Walking" looked so serene as he sat at a small table in the dimly lit green room, quietly cleaning his trumpet. Once I hit record, our attention shifted from trumpet talk to the mythical Monk, who is the subject of Owens' latest album, NEA Jazz Master Orrin Keepnews once said: "The truth is that Thelonious is important because he exists. Because he and his music form an immense, unavoidable, and inevitable presence like an Alp, the Mississippi River, or summer."

Without further ado, here's Owens on Monk:

To learn more about Jimmy Owens, check out the Art Works podcast with the man himself.




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