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The Frank Carlberg trio perform “Reflections 1952,” a tribute to the music of Thelonious Monk. That’s Frank Carlberg, piano; Max Ridley, bass and Francisco Mela, drums.

In October and December of 1952 Thelonious Monk, joined by (the mysterious) Gary Mapp and Art Blakey and Max Roach, went into one of the early iterations of Rudy Van Gelder’s studio.

Those two dates (plus a 1954 date that yielded another two pieces), recorded on a out-of-tune piano with tinny fidelity, produced with his trio some of the most glorious music of Monk’s recording career and in all of American improvised music, Monk Trio on Prestige.

In this concert Frank wanted to, together with Max and Francisco, revisit that music and create our own impressions of it (no use trying to recreate it; we wouldn’t have been able to do it and they did it perfectly the first time anyway).

Seventy years after the original recordings, we want to celebrate this beautiful classic work with our own takes of the same pieces while tipping the cap to the master.


  • Doors open at 7:30 pm| Show starts at 8:00 pm.
  • Tickets: $5 students, $15 Seniors, $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

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