[Dixielandjazz] Pro Rehearsing was 6th Flat in Gb

Mike mike at railroadstjazzwest.com
Wed Oct 4 10:19:20 PDT 2006

I remember reading somewhere that Monk guarded his tunes carefully. I'm 
not sure if this was for sidemen or more for people wanting to arrange 
his tunes.


Steve Barbone wrote:
> on 10/4/06 11:49 AM, Russ Guarino at russg at redshift.com wrote:
> Careful Russ about "never". E.G. Many pros rehearse extensively before, say,
> cutting a record. Especially big bands, and/or recently formed groups that
> did not play with each other regularly.
> My hero, Thelonious Monk sometimes did this. He was a bug about the sidemen
> learning his tunes by ear and would not give them the music until they
> learned it by ear. Relatively easy to do on his more simple tunes, and on
> some of his "live" records of club dates or concerts, you can hear that
> there was no rehearsal, however:
> Once, when contracted to make a record, the contract included payment for
> rehearsal time. So Monk rehearsed the band without the music. Went on for 2
> days before the company said enough is enough. It seems some of the sidemen
> still did not have the tune down and kept asking for the music.
> So when the plug on rehearsal payments was pulled, Monk whipped out the
> music and they went ahead and recorded.
> If I remember correctly (most always problematical), one of the tunes they
> were having trouble with was the A section of "Four In One".
> Cheers,
> Steve Barbone
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