Laura Caviani finds humor, profundity in Thelonius Monk’s music; Guthrie 'Happening' looks at gun violence

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Pamela Espeland Pianist and composer Laura Caviani has long had an affinity for the music of Thelonious Monk. Before the Artists’ Quarter jazz club in St. Paul closed in 2013, Caviani’s annual birthday salute to the jazz giant was a highlight of the year. Her latest album, “Mysterious Thelonious,” recorded for Monk’s centennial and out this weekend, is a joyous romp through ten of his tunes, played by someone who knows them intimately yet continues to discover new things about them.On Friday and Saturday, Caviani will give two CD release performances, the first at Carleton College, where she’s on the faculty, and the second at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. She’ll be joined at both by bassist Chris Bates and drummer Dave...

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