Thelonious Monk Paris 1969, is a fascinating and important late-career document of the legendary jazz pianist and composer in performance with his Quartet at the Salle Pleyel concert hall in Paris, France on December 15, 1969.

Beautifully captured on B&W film, the concert also featured a surprise guest appearance from renowned drummer Philly Joe Jones. Also included is a rare on-camera interview with Monk conducted by the French bassist Jacques Hess after the concert.

Paris 1969 is available in several formats including physical releases on CD/DVD, CD and vinyl, as well as a digital album and digital long-form video.

“The 1969 Paris concert captures the power and the undiminished beauty of Monk’s music, reminding us that even as his body aged his musical imagination knew no limits," writes Monk biographer Robin Kelley in his liner notes.


Thelonious Monk-Piano
Charlie Rouse-Tenor Saxophone
Nate Hygelund-Bass
Paris Wright-Drums

Special Guest-Philly Joe Jones

Salle Pleyel, Paris, France
December 15, 1969


Original Producers
Jean-Jacques Célérier, Frank Ténot, Daniel Fillipacchi

Executive Producers
Jacques Muyal, Toby Byron

Available worldwide from Blue Note Records