Charlotte Zwering ('Gimme Shelter') has created the definitive portrait of the master bop pianist-composer, digging deep into the life of the famously eccentric pianist-composer. The film fleshes out Monk’s character considerably – from his harmonic theories to his use of quarter–tones (produced by hitting 2 adjacent piano keys simultaneously and occasionally even striking the boards with his entire forearm or foot), to his mysterious relationship with his patron, baroness Nica de Koenigswarter. Monk’s music, naturally, is at the center of this canny portrait, giving fans cause to rejoice since most of the movie’s performances had been previously unavailable. (1988)
MUSICALLY SPEAKING is a series of music-themed movie and documentary screenings, curated/hosted by DJ Soul Sister, and co-presented by Press Street, Charitable Film Network, and WWOZ FM. Free admission and refreshments.