Thelonious Monk - Palo Alto

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LP - include reproduction of concert program and poster
Release date: 31st July 2020

After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, racial tensions across
the country rose. Palo Alto, a largely white college town in California, was not
immune to the events of the day. Danny Scher, a rising junior at Palo Alto High
School, had a dream to bring Thelonious Monk to Palo Alto to perform and help
bring about racial unity in his community as well as raise funds for his school’s
International Committee.

After somehow securing Monk’s services to perform on Sunday, October
27, Scher initially had trouble selling tickets and convincing people that Monk was
even going to show up.

With many twists and turns along the way and several hundred people waiting in
the school’s parking lot to await Monk’s arrival before purchasing tickets, the concert
eventually happened and was a triumph in more ways that Monk or Scher could
have imagined. This is a recording of that historic concert.

The band is Thelonious Monk – piano.
Charlie Rouse – tenor saxophone.
Larry Gales – bass / Ben Riley – drums.