"'Round Midnight" - Chemie Ching

A friend of mine, Chemie Ching, created this week's video. Chemie and I studied together at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with Taimur Sullivan, where she focused on playing the baritone saxophone. After completing her doctorate at Michigan State University, Chemie returned to Hong Kong. She leads a varied career playing many styles of music, and teaching saxophone.

The pianist Thelonious Monk composed this ballad, "'Round Midnight," in the late 1930s. A list of recordings can be found on Wikipedia. Notably, the song did not become widely known until 1955, when Miles Davis performed the tune at the Newport Jazz Festival. Since that time, it has since become one of the most recorded jazz standards in the repertoire. Chemie plays a transcription of the trombone quartet arrangement by the trombonist and composer Slide Hampton.

Here are a few other versions to check out:

Kronos Quartet (string quartet)

Stanley Jordan (bass guitar)

Chaka Khan (singer)

Gil Evans (big band, featuring Cannonball Adderley)