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An acknowledged authority on the music and life of Thelonious Monk, Gary Wittner has presented concert/lectures on Monk at many universities and clubs throughout the USA and Europe including:
S. African National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, S. Africa
University of Cape Town, Cape Town, S. Africa
Berklee College of Music, Boston
The New School, New York
Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, St. Petersburg, Russia
Guild Hall School of Music, London
Musikhochschule Graz, Austria
Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England
Leeds International Music Festival, Leeds, England
Akwarium Jazz Club, Warsaw
IAJE convention, Boston
International Summer Jazz Academy, Krakow, Poland
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Gary has been featured performing Monk’s music with many well respected jazz musicians including Christian McBride, Clark Terry, Reggie Workman, Eddie Gomez, Richard Davis, Paul McCandless, and James Emery.

THE PRESENTATION INCLUDES:
* Lectures featuring in depth discussions on topics such as:

    -Biographical information on Monk’s career and personal life
    -Analysis of compositions, solos, and playing style - using transcriptions, audio and video tapes
    -Monk’s influence on other musicians: quotes from Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Chick Corea, Art Blakey, McCoy Tyner, etc.

* Ensemble direction of Monk compositions or standard repertoire

* Guitar Master Classes

    -Discussing the process of transcribing Monk’s music to the guitar and applying techniques to other material
    -Improvisation, chord voicings, use of seconds, whole tone ideas, etc.
    -Building a repertoire for solo guitar


* Concert and Club Performances

    -Repertoire selected from Monk compositions, originals by Wittner, jazz standards, and Blues/Folk Americana solo guitar arrangements

Additional Quotes:
“Thelonious would have loved what Gary is doing - really learning the music and then doing his own thing with it.”

            - Mrs. Nellie Monk

“Clearly one of the country’s authorities on the music of Thelonious Monk.... (Gary’s) presentation was insightful, engaging, and stimulating..... (His) performance at our spring jazz concert with the faculty jazz ensemble, jazz big band, and the vocal jazz ensemble was exciting and inspiring.”

            Dr. Gregory Yasinitsky
            Coordinator of Jazz Studies
            Washington State University


“Most guitarists adapt piano music to the guitar, Gary is adapting the guitar to piano music.”

            Howard Johnson



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