FARMINGTON — After years of playing funk music to stay out of his father's shadow, T.S. Monk embraced the jazz music that made his dad, Thelonious Monk, famous.

"His father always struggled because his music was ahead of his time," said San Juan College music professor Keith Cochrane.

Cochrane said T.S. Monk experienced success because jazz music finally gained acceptance by a wider audience.

T.S. Monk will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Henderson Performance Hall at San Juan College. The performance is part of the college's annual JazzFest.

He will also be teaching a free class, which is open to the public, at noon on Saturday.

The class, "Creativity and Dedication: What We Can Learn From the Lives of Great Musicians," will focus on how creativity and dedication influences what people do in music and in life.

"To understand T.S. Monk's style, I study the music of Art Blakey and his band the Jazz Messengers," Cochrane said, explaining that Blakey played with Thelonious Monk and mentored T.S. Monk.

T.S. Monk will be backed up by the college's big band, as well as its jazz combo, Crepuscule, which is the French word for twilight. Thelonious Monk wrote a song entitled "Crepuscule" for his wife, Nelly, which is why the jazz combo chose the name, Cochrane said.


Cochrane will be playing as part of the jazz combo.

The concert will also include tunes by Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey and other well-known jazz composers.

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