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T.S. Monk: A Centennial Celebration of the Great Thelonious Monk with Special Guest Syndee Winters

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Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 PM
Smith Opera House
Geneva Music Festival

Come be a part of Geneva Music Festival‘s Thelonious Monk Centennial Celebration. T.S. Monk, Thelonious Monk’s son and international jazz sensation, leads a riveting night of jazz from the drum set. Syndee Winters makes a special appearance to open the show. There is also a special performance by Geneva’s MLK Choir.

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After earning a reputation in school as a rabble-rouser, and graduating, the young Monk joined his father’s trio and toured with his dad until the elder Monk’s retirement in 1975. T. S. then launched into the music that had captivated him and his generation, R&B. He first toured with a group called Natural Essence and afterward, with his sister Barbara, formed his own band with which he had hits on two recordings, House Of Music and More Of The Good Life, where he played drums, arranged, and sang.

T. S. received the New York Jazz Awards First Annual Recording of the Year and Downbeat’s prestigious 63rd Reader’s Poll Award for “Monk On Monk,” the “80th Anniversary Birthday Tribute to Thelonious Sphere Monk” featuring 20 guest artists including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Arturo Sandoval, Dianne Reeves, Nnenna Freelon, Howard Johnson, among others perform on the recording. Critics and the public lauded T. S. Monk as his father’s true musical heir, as bandleader, and performer. Rave reviews in the Hollywood Reporter, Variety, the Los Angeles Times, and others, echoed the public sentiment of the sold-out concert hall shows across the United States, Europe and the Middle East.

Shortly after, in 1982, his father passed away, leaving a rich and legendary legacy. Tragically, in 1984, his sister died of cancer. To honor his father’s legacy and support the efforts of education, Thelonious turned his attention toward forming the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. As Chairman, Thelonious has been at the forefront of helping to create a number of programs that range supporting after-school athletic programs. The Institute’s activities reach from Boston to Los Angeles sponsoring music education for students in the form of full scholarships to funding and supplies and from New York to Orlando.

In 1992, Thelonious formed his jazz sextet and received raves from the moment they hit the stage and the studio. One of the most unique groups on the circuit, the T. S. Monk Sextet’s cohesive and driving style has been heard at the JVC Jazz at the Bowl festival, Sun Valley Center, Lied Center for the Performing Arts, and many of the legendary jazz clubs. For his special 80th Anniversary Birthday Tribute to his father, the sextet formed the core of the eleven musician, pulsating and dynamic show. With Grammy Award-winning producer (for Joe Henderson’s Lush Life, among others) Don Sickler on trumpet, the duo has carved an innovative and dynamic approach to crafting the T. S. Monk Sextet sound; this band soars and sizzles.

For two consecutive seasons, December 1996 and January 1998, on ABC, jazz returned to network television after a 25-year absence. Sponsored by Nissan and The Thelonious Monk Institute, under the guidance of Thelonious, Jr. and Tom Carter, an historic assemblage of artists gathered for “A Celebration Of America’s Music” hosted by Bill Cosby and featuring Natalie Cole, Jon Secada, Tony Bennett, k.d. lang, as well as Thelonious performing his father’s signature tune, “Round Midnight,” with Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Nnenna Freelon, Al Jarreau, Dave Brubeck, Aretha Franklin have all performed for this Annual special.


New York-born and Miami-raised Syndee Winters has the privilege of touring the world doing what she loves. Her career began shortly after high school, as a dancer NBA team, The New York Knicks City Dancers. She also danced behind American Idol Jordan Sparks.

Syndee would be nowhere without her love of music. Reflections of The Fugees, The Marleys, Michael Jackson, and Sarah Vaughn appear in her original work. She has worked with artists Snoop Dogg Big Daddy Kane, writing and performing on four tracks on the 2009 album “The Bridge” by Legendary DJ Grandmaster Flash. Her single, “Focus” is now available, on iTunes.

In 2010, Syndee’s dream of being on Broadway came true, when she starred as her dream role, Nala, in Disney’s “The Lion King.” She has traveled North America performing the role, and has received several drama award nominations. She’s also portrayed iconic artist, Ms. Diana Ross in “Motown the Musical,” along with performing in the revival production of “Pippin” on Broadway as The Leading Player, a role originally made famous by Ben Vereen. Today, Syndee is still on Broadway, in the biggest musical in American history, “Hamilton: An American Musical.” She has had the honor of performing before global influencers, Sir Richard Branson, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Oprah Winfrey.

Constantly inspired by the art of storytelling, Syndee’s latest writing project celebrates the life of American Icon Lena Horne, in a one-woman play with music titled, “LENA: A Moment with a Lady.” Through words and music, “Lena,” portrayed by Winters, attempts to relate the most pivotal personal and professional moments in her life. On a mission to share the truth, she unexpectedly opens the emotional crevices that have eluded her for years.

In her spare time, Syndee is passionate about working with young people. She makes time to teach master- classes, workshops and private lessons to young artists. “It’s crucial to affect possibility into a young person’s life. I’ve had many people influence my journey, and it has made me the person that I am today.”


Tickets:$25, free for youth 18 and younger