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When jazz royalty came to Paly: Monk's long-lost record (nearly) goes public

Original post made on Jul 29, 2020

Jazz fans looking forward to this week's release of "Palo Alto" by Thelonious Monk are in for some bad news.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 4:49 PM

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 29, 2020 at 1:01 am

I'm doubling down on my suspicious belief that the janitor who recorded the show was actually a Fed, part of COINTELPRO, and now the deep state doesn't want this to help Black Lives Matter and have put the kibosh.
Other than that, how was the show, Dan?
I guess this answers the question, "Kenneth, what's the frequency?" - the answer is maybe every fifty years, maybe 70.
And they killed Eddie Gale, my Miss Acker.


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Posted by Shashank Joshi
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 30, 2020 at 5:16 pm

Danny Scher is simply a cultural phenomenon. He should be celebrated for his original thinking and vision as a Paly sophomore in the 50’s, and appreciated for keeping his dream alive so the rest of us Monk fans can savor that concert forever. I’m getting ready to buy it on both vinyl and CD when it’s out !


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 30, 2020 at 5:19 pm

Questions:

1 - How hard could it be for PAUSD to dig into old records and find out the name of the black janitor who recorded the concert?

2 - I’ve heard various stories about the role East Palo Alto played in this concert. Was it really a fundraiser for political activity here? Did Paly’s International Club interact with students in East Palo Alto? Was the janitor a resident here?


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Posted by Novelera
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 30, 2020 at 5:26 pm

Wow! I hope the details can be worked out with the Monk estate. Fabulous! I never had the privilege of seeing Monk live, but I treasure his music. One time I was in Italy at a club which had a piano bar. The guy took requests. Never expecting he'd know it, I asked for 'Round Midnight, and he played it right away with a big smile on his face.


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Posted by Julian Gómez
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 30, 2020 at 6:44 pm

How do you know the janitor was black? It doesn't say any such thing in the story. And it is not the case that all grade schools have black janitors, mine didn't.


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Posted by music heals
a resident of another community
on Jul 31, 2020 at 6:44 am

Hope this music is released sooner rather than later so no Monk fans will miss out on hearing this especially since the article says he was in a playful mood! Would be very uplifting music in these heartbreaking times! Much love and take care everyone...rest in peace, power and love Mr. Monk and the kindhearted gentleman who recorded this....


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Posted by music heals
a resident of another community
on Jul 31, 2020 at 10:32 am

Please support by preordering/purchasing from an independently owned business...especially black owned/BIPOC owned and please vote blue for potus in the general election (by mail/absentee or in person) in November or early voting in October! Love, hope and peace everyone! In solidarity


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 31, 2020 at 12:02 pm

Julian - it was mentioned in other articles that the janitor was black. Overall, I’d like to know more about how this concert intersected with East Palo Alto.


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