Jason Moran is the perfect pianist to re-create Thelonious Monk’s magic

A jazz star’s tribute to a jazz legend, Jay Blakesberg’s rock ‘n’ roll art and a play about the first black heavyweight boxing champ top my Weekend Top 10 for Nov. 9-12 (and beyond).

1 Jason Moran: The dazzling pianist has said he was just a hip-hop-loving kid taking piano lessons when one day his father put Thelonious Monk’s “’Round Midnight” on the stereo and his life changed forever. So it’s only natural that Moran and his band are taking part in the Monk centennial celebrations this year by performing “In My MInd,” a multimedia show that re-creates a legendary Monk performance in 1959. Moran brings the show to Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall on Nov. 11.

Details: Presented by Stanford Live; 7:30 p.m.; $23-$75; live.stanford.edu.

2 Jay Blakesberg: Many rock music fans are well-acquainted with the work of Blakesberg, a Bay Area-based photographer who in the past 40 years has captured such icons as the Grateful Dead, Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, R.E.M., Radiohead and the Rollings Stones. Now the highlights of his storied career are being assembled in a gallery show, “Dark + Light: The Rock & Roll Photography of Jay Blakesberg, 1978-2017” at the Harvey Milk Photo Center in San Francisco. The collection includes some 120 images.

Details: Nov. 9-Jan. 6; opening reception 5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 9; additional photos at McLaren Lodge, San Francisco; free admission; harveymilkphotocenter.org.

3 “The Royale”: Marco Ramirez has earned awards and major buzz as a writer for the TV series “Orange Is the New Black.” His 90-minute stage drama getting its Bay Area premiere at Berkeley’s Aurora Theatre is based on the early 20th-century life of Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion.

Details: Through Dec. 3; $33-$65; 510-843-4822, auroratheatre.org.

4 Montrose Trio: The group consisting of pianist Jon Kimura Parker, violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith formed in 2013 and have been winning raves ever since. The Trio kicks off the Music@Menlo Winter Series Nov. 12 with a program of Shostakovich, Beethoven and Brahms.

Details: 6 p.m.; Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton; $20-$52; musicatmenlo.org.

5 Tango Buenos Aires: Long considered one of the top tango troupes on the planet, TBA returns to UC Berkeley this weekend to perform its latest show, a tribute to legendary Argentine actor, singer and composer Carlos Gardel.

Details: Presented by Cal Performances; 8 p.m. Nov. 11; Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley; $30-$86; 510-642-9988, calperformances.org.

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