World Premiere Of Monk Con Clave At Jazz At Lincoln Center Minutes From Harlem

Presented as part of the Ertegun Jazz Concert Series, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra bassist and musical director Carlos Henriquez leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in the world premiere of Monk con Clave.

The event takes place in Rose Theater (minutes from Harlem) on Friday, May 20, 2022, at 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 8:00 p.m.

This debut of new music is inspired by the syncopated melodies and rhythms of genius composer Thelonious Monk, who is recognized as one of the most inventive pianists of any musical genre.

With an Afro-Latin treatment, Monk con Clave includes reinventions of Monk classics such as “Blue Monk,” “Evidence,” and “Reflections,” along with inspired new works.

Musical director Carlos Henriquez, hailing from the Bronx, is a rare virtuoso in both the jazz and Afro-Cuban traditions, and has been performing with greats like Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and Celia Cruz since the age of fourteen.

The exploration of Thelonious Monk’s brilliance through clave and swing rhythms is a territory familiar to Henriquez, who in 2018 released his sophomore recording “Dizzy con Clave”, a wide-ranging masterwork dedicated to Dizzy Gillespie.

In 2021, Henriquez received a GRAMMY®-nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album, honoring his knockout recording “The South Bronx Story.”



Monk con Clave will feature a special guest, Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez,who was born in Havana, Cuba and is a consummate master of Afro-Cuban folkloric music and the batá drum.

He is also the world’s first-call rumbero – playing, singing, and dancing with dozens of Cuban rumba groups. Pedrito continues to push the boundaries of Afro-Cuban music while at the same time keeping his ties close to the Orisha music and rumbas he learned as a teenager.

In addition to Pedrito, Monk con Clave will also feature special guests including Michael Rodriguez (trumpet), Anthony Almonte (vocals and percussion) and Osmany Paredes (piano).

Rose Theater in Frederick P. Rose Hall is located on Broadway at 60th Street in New York, New York.

Tickets for the Monk con Clave concert are available at jazz.org/monkconclave

*Virtual tickets are available beginning Friday, May 20 at 8:00 pm ET.

Health and Safety Guidelines

We believe in the power of music to uplift, inspire, and create a sense of community and we are committed to employing all measures to ensure your safety as well as the safety of our artists and staff when visiting or working in the House of Swing.

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Important reminders

  • Masks will be required for audiences inside all Jazz at Lincoln Center public spaces except while eating or drinking in designated locations. For more information on our health and safety protocols, please visit 2021.jazz.org/our-commitment-to-you
  • In recognition of the great uncertainty created by the current health situation, we have expanded our exchange and refund policy to be as flexible and accommodating as possible.  Find more details here.

Ticket Information

Ticket prices for Rose Theater are $40 and up dependent upon the seating section. Note: Hot Seats-$10 seats for each Rose Theater performance (excluding Jazz for Young People® concerts and other performances as specified) and select performances in The Appel Room are available for purchase by the general public on the Wednesday prior to each performance.

Tickets are subject to availability; please call 212-258-9877 for available Hot Seats performance dates.

Hot Seats are available only in person at the Box Office, with a maximum of two tickets per person.

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Hot Seats Ticket Discount Program is supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

*Please note that a $3.50 Jazz at Lincoln Center Facility Fee applies to ALL ticket purchases, with the exception of $10 Hot Seats. A $7 handling fee also applies when purchasing tickets from CenterCharge or when purchasing tickets online via jazz.org.

All single tickets for The Appel Room and Rose Theater can be purchased through jazz.org 24 hours a day or through CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Tickets can also be purchased at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, located on Broadway at 60th Street, ground floor.

Each ticket purchase helps support Jazz at Lincoln Center.

To learn more about becoming a member, visit jazz.org/membership.

On the day of the concert premiere, ticket holders will have access to the broadcast through a private password-protected webpage link shared via email.

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