A Tribute To Thelonious Monk
Dubai is hungry for jazz – or so it would seem from the foot- tapping, horn-hungry crowd who turned out en-masse to The Fridge, in Al Quoz, last week. This was no ordinary jazz noodling, however. The crowd had arrived to sample jazz-legend Thelonious Monk’s repertoire of melodious thunk, courtesy of jazz brothers Roni and Elie Afif and their band (including the excellent pianist, Dr Dwight Dickerson). The jazz collective laid down some of Monk’s key notes and, while we lamented the slightly concert-hall atmosphere of the event (a jazz night should have tables and smoking), we were left stirred.
White Collar Boxing
Despite the ongoing tightening of belts, Dubai’s commitment to both charity and breaking noses remains strong. So it was that amateur pugilists and avid punters descended on the Habtoor Grand on May 15 to raise money for SNF Children’s Development Centre. It started well, with 63-year-old George ‘Flash’ Gordon fighting like a man one third his age, but the big surprise was the Fleur Khan/Alexandra Littaye scrap. An ex-army rugby player and possible relative of Genghis versus a philosophy lecturer? Oh dear, we thought. But once the bell rang, Alexandra stepped up and gave as good as she got. Surprised? You could have knocked us out with a feather.