Brother Thelonious – 2014

Helen Sung

The modern jazz pianist plays one of her originals with a quartet

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Helen Sung, who was born and raised in Houston, earned her degree in classical piano performance at the University of Texas at Austin.

Soon after first hearing jazz while at college, she changed her direction, attending and graduating from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance.

Since then she has worked with such notables as Clark Terry, Ron Carter, Jon Faddis, Wayne Shorter, T.S. Monk and Regina Carter, led eight albums of her own (during 2003-21), and developed into an important modern jazz pianist.

In 2014, she led a quartet with tenor-saxophonist John Ellis, bassist Josh Ginsburg, and drummer Rodney Green on a version of her original “Brother Thelonious.”

-Scott Yanow


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