Double Monk: Jeremy Kahn & Steve Million with Ariane Dolan

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Saturday, September 23


International House

Conceived in 2014 by pianists Jeremy Kahn and Steve Million, DOUBLE MONK is a project in which Jeremy and Steve play Thelonious Monk’s music on two pianos. This two-piano setup allows for a landscape of varied colors and textures, on top of which dancer Ariane Dolan contributes visual and storytelling elements.

Called a "rare and gifted pianist," JEREMY KAHN was born outside of Chicago, studied at Boston’s New England Conservatory, lived in New York City for twelve years, and now resides in Oak Park. He has played with Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Phil Woods, and Charlie Haden, among others.

STEVE MILLION, a Missouri native, moved to Chicago in 1988 and has never looked back. Deeply invested in Monk’s music, he was a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk Piano Competition, and he has formed and performed in bands called Monk’s Dream and Thelonious Moog, in addition to Double Monk. Steve also teaches and chairs the jazz department at the Merit School of Music.

ARIANE DOLAN teaches at Hubbard Street Chicago’s Lou Conte Dance Studio. She has performed in several musicals throughout the country and served as the principal dancer at Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre.