PUBLIQuartet will be in concert Oct. 28 at the Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College.
It’s a celebration of jazz great Thelonius Monk on the centennial of his birth.
PUBLIQuartet has performed at the Lincoln Center, the Newport Jazz Festival, the Weill Recital Hall inside Carnegie Hall and has performed in Europe. They are currently the quartet-in-residence at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Monk, who died in 1982, is one of jazz’ premier influences as a composer and pianist. Only Duke Ellington has more compositions. His song, “Round Midnight,” is the most-recorded jazz song, with more than 4,500 recordings. Monk also wrote jazz standards like “Straight, No Chaser” and “Well, You Needn’t.” Monk is only one of five jazz musicians to appear on the cover of Time magazine.
PUBLIQuartet will also provide a workshop for Sheridan College and local high school music students at 1 p.m. that day.The public’s invited to observe the seminar. Concert tickets ($21) are available from the WYO Theater box office.
The concert will begin at 7 p.m.
It’s worth noting that this is the centennial year of the passing of Edward A. Whitney. Most know he left his estate to the great benefit of Sheridan. More than 5,700 students have received almost $40 million in interest-free loans from Whitney Benefits, which was the first educational foundation in Wyoming, founded in 1927. Further, Whitney’s estate has left its mark throughout our city with funding toward Sheridan College, the YMCA, the WYO Theater renovations, Whitney Commons and many more.
College football, in the middle of its season, is certifiably a big deal. The Notebook has made a run at trying to understand rankings, the Bowl Championship Series and “strength-of-schedule” complexities but has always come up a yard or two short of a touchdown. Like trying to understand Wall Street “derivatives.” Yet, there are a number of quotes from college coaches worthy of some ink. To wit:
• “Gentleman, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble this football.”
— John Heisman, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Tech universities
• “All those who need showers, take them.”
— John McKay, after his USC Trojans lost 51-0 to Notre Dame
• “Always remember, Goliath was a 40-point favorite over David.”
— Shug Jordan, Auburn University coach
• “I don’t expect to win enough games to be put on NCAA probation. I just want to win enough to warrant an investigation.”
— Bob Devaney, University of Nebraska, University of Wyoming
• “Why is college football so important? It’s hard to rally around a math class.”
— Bear Bryant, University of Alabama
• “We don’t cheat. That costs money and Georgia Southern doesn’t have any.”
— Erk Russell, Georgia Southern University