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Monk Quartet and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers London April 1960.

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In April 1960 both Monk and Blakey were in London with their bands. Anyone here at these shows? This is what I found. So the concert started at 6 PM. How many sets would be played in the night?

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I'm pretty sure I never made this concert. I can't think why, I didn't miss much back then. 

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It was in April 1961, not 1960, and I was there at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester. There were only two sets, Blakey on first, Monk second. Even then, it was difficult to get Monk out on stage.:mellow:

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1961? The article below is stating it was 1960.

On 29April 1960 Thelonious Monk and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers took to the stage for a sell out show at London’s Festival Hall on the south bank of the Thames. This  was Monk’s first appearance in the UK. With top ticket prices at £1 it seems remarkably inexpensive, but the average weekly wage back then was under £19 per week.

According to The Guardian newspaper, “Monk’s appearance on the stage maintained his reputation for eccentricity, a soft cap perched on his head, a tweed suit that appeared to have travelled from New York the hard way, and brogues that had that Brand X look. At intervals he meandered slightly loopily around the stage while his bassist, John Orr, pounded away at chordal progressions on another planet”

https://thejazzword.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/monk-and-the-jazz-messengers-in-london-1960/

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Yes, Robin Kelley got the year right, but IIRC said that Monk's extreme delay in appearing on stage occurred in Milan. It happened on that tour, but in Manchester. After a long wait, an embarrassed-looking John Ore came out and played a bass solo. He went off stage, only to return and play another solo. Eventually Monk appeared and things got going. It's a while since I read Kelley, but IIRC he says that George Wein was backstage trying to urge the reluctant Thelonious.

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Here is a set list for the Monk concert from a review which you can compare with your tape: Jackieing, Crepuscule with Nellie, Straight No Chaser, Rhythm-A-Ning, Epistrophy, Well you needn't and Body and Soul. (In that text, you also find the five tunes for the Blakey part)

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On ‎12‎-‎2‎-‎2018 at 9:48 AM, BillF said:

It was in April 1961, not 1960, and I was there at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester. There were only two sets, Blakey on first, Monk second. Even then, it was difficult to get Monk out on stage.:mellow:

 In 1961 Monk made his first European tour !!!

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April 1961. Night Concert at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

He produced also a series of live recordings.

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Maybe not an a "European tour" but he was in Paris in '54.  Just don't want confusion.

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