Night & Day

April 16 - 22, 1998

April 21
It would be tough to find a better show on the road this year than T.S. Monk's "Monk on Monk." The fortysomething Monk (T.S. stands for Thelonious Sphere) and his crack touring ensemble salute the bandleader's great dad, the wild-eyed genius of jazz invention/composition Thelonious Monk, with a program that includes faithful, drop-dead renditions of Monk Elder's "Round Midnight," "In Walked Bud," "Crepescule with Nellie" and some never-recorded songs from the late pianist's inexhaustible treasure trove. T.S., a fine musician in his own right, frequently steps out from behind his drum kit to relate the stories behind the tunes and to tell tales about growing up in the Monk household and backstage at concerts, where Monk Younger was dandled on knees belonging to the equally legendary likes of John Coltrane, Bud Powell, Max Roach and Charlie Parker. T.S. -- a merry, graceful man who wears blackout shades on-stage and speaks in mondo hepcat jive -- almost steals the show with his little vignettes, and that's saying a lot, given the quality of the repertoire and its (re)interpretation. The T.S. Monk Sextet plays Da Camera's annual gala, scheduled for 7 to 10:30 p.m. The Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross, 525-9400. More info: 524-7601, extension 13. Tickets are $150 per, but proceeds go to Da Camera, dinner's included and the music's hot.

April 22
Pregnant, Grammy-winning postfolkie Shawn Colvin spurned Houston for Oprah on April 2; the concert's rescheduled for tonight. Ana Egge opens at 8. Aerial Theater at Bayou Place, 520 Texas, 230-1600. Tickets purchased for the earlier show will be honored. Remaining tix: $22.50 and $29.25 (Ticketmaster: 629-3700).

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