Jazz Musician and Composer Monk Rowe
"You're a great interviewer!"
-- Marian McPartland
Monk Rowe, pianist and saxophonist, is often found performing with jazz guitarist Carmen Caramanica or leading his own jazz quartet.
Monk is Director of the Hamilton College Jazz Archive as well as a saxophone instructor at the College. The Jazz Archive is a treasury of video interviews with renown jazz personalitiessaving their stories and experiences for jazz lovers.
Monk is the Artistic Director of the Central New York Community Arts Council's Arts in Education Institute. He works with students and teachers in Utica and the surrounding school districts, preparing them to take part in performances by a wide variety of musical ensembles. He is a frequent guest Teaching Artist at similar institutes in Binghamton, NY; Albany, NY and Nashville, TN.
Jazz Life is a series of new tunes Monk composed and recorded, dedicated to nine of the artists interviewed. The CD Jazz Life contains compositions recorded by Monk along with six respected jazz musicians: Wendell Brunious (trumpet and flugelhorn), Keter Betts (bass), Dennis Mackrel (drums), Rick Montalbano (piano), Jerome Richardson (alto sax), and Bill Watrous (trombone).
Monk's works include music for a children's play, The Unicorn's Magic, theatrical rock work, arrangements for the Utica Symphony Orchestra, the Syracuse University Jazz Ensemble, Oswego College Solid State Jazz Ensemble, and a CD release entitled Out Standing in his Field consisting of original contemporary jazz compositions.
"You are so good with the kids! They instinctively know quality when they encounter it."
-- Jean Berry
Thank you for sharing your talents with us all."
-- Marlinda Menashe, Jean Malone and Kate Blossom
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