Whether you are new to the music of jazz composer and pianist Thelonious Monk, or consider yourself an expert, you will find this course to be a revelation. Dr. Porter, known worldwide as a leading jazz historian and a professional performer, will present his overview of Monk’s music. He has published very little of his vast research on Monk, so class participants will benefit from his treasure trove of knowledge about the origins of Monk’s classics, drawing on rare recordings, new biographical information, and more. The topics to be discussed include an overview of Monk’s life and musical output, early recordings and best known compositions, including ‘Round Midnight. Dr. Porter will explain and demonstrate the “secret” of playing the piano like Monk and will conclude with some thoughts about Monk the person and his legacy.