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JD Allen Trio & Dave Douglas

  • October 18, 2017
  • Durham Fruit & Produce Company
  • 305 S Dillard St, Durham, NC 27701
  • 7pm & 9pm
  • $25, $10 Duke Students
  • (919) 660-3356

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The trumpeter Dave Douglas didn’t always “get” Thelonious Monk. The melodies seemed too simple, less flashy than the licks one could learn from Coltrane. But eventually Douglas — a label owner, popular jazz podcast host, and John Zorn collaborator — learned just how much lived beneath the surface of Monk’s music. He took on several Monk tunes as part of the SFJAZZ Collective’s tribute to the composer and wrote a delightful number based on an eight-year-old’s effort to play “Blue Monk.” Monk’s catalogue is as wide-open as the music Douglas makes. “Everything is represented in there,” he says. “The more I play them, the more I learn.”

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