(North Bergen, NJ—November 21, 2017) High Tech High School’s Performing Arts students received a rare treat when student musicians from the New Jersey City University (NJCU) Jazz Department performed at High Tech, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech.
Lead by Professor Nathan Ekland on trumpet, the NJCU combo played selections from the music of famed jazz improviser, composer, and pianist Thelonius Monk, whose records “Round Midnight,” “Blue Monk,” and the ever popular “Straight, No Chaser” have graced cognoscenti’s turntables for decades. Monk died of a stroke on February 17, 1982.
“This event is part of an ongoing effort to bring practical arts experiences to our students,” says Rod Shepard, veteran performing arts and audio tech instructor at High Tech.
The NJCU Jazz Department currently has been assaying Monk’s oeuvre.