September 23, 2017
Conceived in 2014 by pianists Jeremy Kahn and Steve Million, DOUBLE MONK is a project in which Jeremy and Steve play Thelonious Monk’s music on two pianos. This two-piano setup allows for a landscape of varied colors and textures, on top of which dancer Ariane Dolan contributes visual and storytelling elements.
JEREMY KAHN was born outside of Chicago, studied at Boston’s New England Conservatory, lived in New York City for twelve years, and now resides in Oak Park. He has played with Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, and others.
STEVE MILLION, a Missouri native, moved to Chicago in 1988 and has never looked back. Deeply invested in Monk’s music, he was a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk Piano Competition, and he has formed and performed in bands called Monk’s Dream and Thelonious Moog, in addition to Double Monk. Steve also teaches and chairs the jazz department at the Merit School of Music.
ARIANE DOLAN teaches at Hubbard Street Chicago’s Lou Conte Dance Studio. She has performed in several musicals throughout the country and served as the principal dancer at Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre.
All Hyde Park Jazz Festival events are free and open to the public. Jazz Passes, which provide access to preferred seating in select indoor venues, are available for purchase at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival website.
The Hyde Park Jazz Festival is a collaborative platform dedicated to supporting the presentation and ongoing development of jazz, particularly on the South Side of Chicago. It does this by creating opportunities for a diverse community of listeners to engage with the music and its creators, and by working with artists, organizational partners and networks to celebrate the rich tradition of jazz and to support the development of new work and ideas.
This performance is co-sponsored by the Global Voices Performing Arts and Lecture Series and the Hyde Park Jazz Festival.