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Monk Lives!

"I'm famous, ain't that a bitch."

Clint Eastwood's respectful and compelling homage to one of the founders of Be-Bop - and the black revolution in America.  Straight No Chaser provides a glimpse of the late jazz great Thelonius Monk) (1917-1982), using footage taken from 14 hours of European concert performances filmed in 1967-68 by Christian Blackwood.

From his childhood in New York City's San Juan Hill, Monk grew up to become one of the most innovative jazz pianists of all time, ushering in the bebop era of the 1940s and influencing such contemporary greats as Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

Interviews with Monk's manager Harry Colomby and Monk's son and namesake shed light on the character of the jazz giant.

Executive producer Clint Eastwood got the idea for the project while researching the life of Charlie Parker for his film Bird.

Posted by scripttools on September 8, 2012 at 3:13 AM 1740 Views

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