Friday, August 23, 2019

Diane Monroe and her quartets and more, from Max Roach to Heitor Villa-Lobos and well beyond: Saturday Music Club on Friday

Diane Monroe, improvising violinist

playlist partially selected by her cousin, April Landrum
Diane Monroe's selected media tracks 
Further audio tracks

The Max Roach Double Quartet in Stuttgart, 1990

Max Roach, drums
Cecil Bridgewater, trumpet
Odean Pope, saxophone
Tyrone Brown, bass
Diane Monroe, violin
Lesa Terry, violin
Maxine Roach, viola
and Eileen Folson, cello:
The Max Roach Quartet and the Uptown String Quartet

The Uptown String Quartet at Duke University, 1993

The Uptown String Quartet: "Overture" (Odean Pope)

The Diane Monroe Quartet: "Irish Monk"

Diane Monroe - Violin Tony Miceli - Vibes Tony Marino - Bass Todd Isler - Percussion

The Diane Monroe Quartet: "Blues for Miles"

The Diane Monroe Collective: "Du Bois Diddy"

Diane Monroe and Tony Miceli: "Bachians Brazilieras #5" (Heitor Villa-Lobos)

Diane Monroe, featured soloist, Orchestra 2001:
Canto di Ritorno (Concerto for Violin and Small Orchestra) (Andrew Rudin)

Diane Monroe and Tony Miceli: At Rittenhouse Soundworks, Philadelphia, 22 May 2017

Jose Bowen and Diane Monroe: "After You've Gone"

Melody Gardot (featuring Diane Monroe): "Gone"

Diane Monroe and the Z Big Band: "Funk" (from Concerto for Violin and Big Band by Evan Solot)

...includes nearly four minutes of spoken introduction by others.

Diane Monroe interview: 19 December 2018


Todd Mason said...

Diane Monroe (at the Innova Records site )

Philadelphia-born violinist Diane Monroe, bridges the traditions of classical composition and jazz improvisation. Her recital venues include The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and New York City's Merkin Hall. She has performed in duo recital with Arnold Steinhardt, was a Fiddlefest soloist in Carnegie Hall, has participated in the Marlboro and Sitka Festivals, and has premiered many new solo works. She is a composer and former member of the Max Roach Double Quartet, Uptown String Quartet, String Trio of New York, Amabile Piano Quartet, and the Kasimir and Beaumont String Quartets. Monroe studied violin performance at Oberlin Conservatory, Philadelphia Musical Academy, Michigan State University, and the Curtis Institute of Music. Her teachers were Ivan Galamian, Charles Castleman, David Cerone, Joyce Robbins, and Walter Verdehr. Monroe's guest solo recordings include David Baker's Sonata for Jazz Violin and String Quartet on Koch Records with the Oregon String Quartet, and Paul Salerni's Dances with Fables, with the Monacacy Chamber Orchestra.

AL said...

So cool of you to provide a sort of one-stop shop for folks to sample some of Diane’s music. Thanks, Todd. You rock! (Or, should I say, “You jazz?”)

Todd Mason said...

Thank you, April, for reminding me it'd been a while since I heard her work with the Uptown String Quartet and Max Roach's assemblies, and that I'd lost track.

Talented family.