Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a sultry singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and desire unite them as they chase their dreams and each other from Havana to New York and Paris to Hollywood. With an original soundtrack by legendary Cuban pianist and five-time Grammy-winning composer Bebo Valdes, Chico & Rita captures a defining moment in the evolution of jazz and history and features music (and animated cameos) by Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Tito Puente, and Chano Pozo.
Opening of Clint Eastwood's 1988 documentary, film shot by Michael and Christian Blackmore 20 years earlier, from Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser, directed by Charlotte Zwerin.
Former road manager Harry Colomby recounts booking Thelonious Monk for a 1950's TV appearance, in Clint Eastwood's documentary produced by Bruce Ricker and Charlotte Zwerin, Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser, 1988.
Cultural historian Robin D. G. Kelley shares stories from his new biography of Thelonious Monk.
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