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Robin D.G. Kelley, Author of Acclaimed Thelonious Monk Biography, to Present Free Public Lecture at The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia April 9th

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Robin Kelley's Thelonious Monk:The Life And Times of an American Original, was published in 2009 by Free Press and quickly has become a classic, gaining critical acclaim and numerous awards, and provoking constant discussion and raves among jazz musicians and fans alike. Renowned pianist and educator Geri Allen remarked: “Thelonious Monk: The Life And Times of an American Original is one of the most anticipated books in jazz scholarship... Robin D. G. Kelley represents one of this generation's most important voices equipped with the knowledge, passion and respect for both jazz and jazz musicians required to interpret the many details and nuances of Thelonious Monk's life. This compelling book will both challenge old assumptions and inspire new assessments of the life and legacy one of the world's greatest musicians." The New York Times Book Review called it an “extraordinary and heroically detailed new biography."

Kelley, a professor of African American Studies at the University of Southern California, is one of the most prominent historians of his generation and spent fourteen years immersed in research and writing of this exciting book about the legendary Thelonious Monk, including insights on the man, his music, his family, his historical context, and his legacy.

On Saturday April 9th, 2011 from 6:30 to 7:30pm, Professor Kelley will provide a free public lecture on Monk's life and legacy at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA. (Room location to be announced and posted.) All are welcome, and no tickets are needed. A book signing will also be held.

The event is cosponsored by The Kimmel Center, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), and the “Jazz Up Close" series curated by Danilo Pérez. It will be followed at 8pm by a concert of Monk-based music performed by pianist Martial Solal as well as a Big Band convened by trumpeter Terrell Stafford. Click the retail link below for concert information and ticket pricing.

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