Jazz: The Monk Project Band performs Wed., Dec. 9, at 8 PM

Steve Asetta, saxophonist with The Monk Project Band

Steve Asetta, saxophonist with The Monk Project Band

Jazz quartet The Monk Project Band plays Best Video Performance space on Wednesday, Dec. 9. The music starts at 8 PM and there is a $5 cover.

Thelonious Monk composed 70 songs yet it seems only three or four are regularly performed.

The bulk of the material requires careful attention to harmonic rhythms and unconventional meter and chord changes. As technical as this all sounds this music can be enjoyed with no prior knowledge as it contains humor and beauty in equal measure.

The Monk Project Band is dedicated to learning the entire Monk songbook and has begun with a wide assortment of tunes and an assortment of rhythms that reflect individual players’ experiences in Afro Pop, Latin, Blues, African and Salsa bands. The quartet is comprised of saxophonist Steve Asetta, keyboardist Will Iannuzzi, percussionist Ned Grant and bassist Bill Mangan.

Their Thelonious Monk repertoire is rounded out by lesser known material byTadd Dameron, Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn, Herbie Nichols and others.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Dec. 3. ELECTRONIC: AVMUS

• Friday, Dec. 4. CLASSICAL: RAVENNA MICHALSEN & BETHANY WILDER

• Sunday, Dec. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“PATHS OF GLORY”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 9. JAZZ: THE THELONIOUS MONK PROJECT BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 10. BLUES/FOLK/COUNTRY: CODA BLUE

• Friday, Dec. 11. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Sunday, Dec. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“DR. STRANGELOVE”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: BRIAN DOLZANI

• Friday, Dec. 18. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Sunday, Dec. 20. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“BARRY LYNDON”)

• Friday, Jan. 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, Jan. 15. SPACE ROCK: LANDING, COLORGUARD

• Thursday, Jan. 28. BLUEGRASS: THE DUDLEY FARM STRING BAND

• Friday, Feb. 5. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER: MERCY CHOIR, PAGEANT DOVE