Alex von Schlippenbach studied classical composition with Bernd Alois Zimmermann at the Hochschule Köln, at the same time he started working as a jazz pianist with Gunter Hampel and Manfred Schoof. In 1966 he established the „Globe Unity Orchestra“ certainly one of the most influencial and successful European jazz groups. With Globe Unity, Schlippenbach has been invited to perform all over the world and achieved numerous awards for his work as pianist, composer and bandleader. Alexander von Schlippenbach always shared great admiration for Thelonious Monk. Having collected every piece of music, that Monk had ever written, Schlippenbach now presents his favourite tunes.