Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk

 

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Thelonious Sphere Monk[2] (/θəˈlniəs/, October 10, 1917[3] – February 17, 1982) was an American jazz pianist and composer. Monk had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including "'Round Midnight", "Blue Monk", "Straight, No Chaser", "Ruby, My Dear", "In Walked Bud", and "Well, You Needn't". Monk is the second most-recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington, which is particularly remarkable as Ellington composed more than a thousand pieces, whereas Monk wrote about 70.[4]

His compositions and improvisations feature dissonances and angular melodic twists, and are consistent with Monk's unorthodox approach to the piano, which combined a highly percussive attack with abrupt, dramatic use of switched key releases, silences and hesitations.

He was renowned for his distinctive style in suits, hats, and sunglasses. He was also noted for an idiosyncratic habit observed at times during performances: while the other musicians in the band continued playing, he would stop, stand up from the keyboard, and dance for a few moments before returning to the piano.

Monk is one of five jazz musicians to have been featured on the cover of Time, after Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, and Duke Ellington and before Wynton Marsalis.[5][6]

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Highlights10

Retrospection And Introspection
Album
Retrospection And Introspection is an album by musical artist Thelonious Monk, released on July 26, 2017.
Autour de minuit
Song
Autour de minuit is a song by musical artist Thelonious Monk, released on November 18, 2016.
'Round Midnight
 
"'Round Midnight" (sometimes "'Round About Midnight") is a 1944 jazz standard by pianist Thelonious Monk.
Misterioso
 
Misterioso is a 1958 live album by American jazz ensemble the Thelonious Monk Quartet.

Photos - Thelonious Monk913

Popular Albums93

Album Appearances & References104

Popular Songs8

Song Appearances & References1

Popular Live Albums7

Live Album Appearances & References2

Minor Film Appearances & References1

Collaborators & Influencers42

Other Music-Related Relationships31

Personal & Professional Relationships2

Commercial & Non-Profit Relationships1

Awards & Nominations1

You May Also Be Interested In28

Videos3

Spotify - Albums & Singles419

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Spotify - Top Tracks10

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

News Articles8

Students learn the music of Thelonious Monk
  –  June 21, 2017
ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) During the 7th Annual Jefferson Center Jazz Institute students learn the music of the legendary jazz musician Thelonious Monk. More than 20 students refine their craft during the week long course. The program was started to honor ...
Thelonious Monk makes the cover of Time magazine
  –  July 25, 2017
So important was jazz on the American cultural scene, and so important was Monk in the world of jazz, that his portrait graced the cover of Time magazine February ... places and they let me go.” Thelonious Monk, composer of such jazz standards as ...
Newly Uncovered Recordings Find Thelonious Monk In His Prime
  –  June 20, 2017
KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: In July 1959, jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk recorded music for a film. Nearly 30 minutes of his work was featured in the French film "Les Liasisons Dangereuses." The master tapes have just been released, and reviewer Tom ...
Thelonious Monk ‎– Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 (Sam Records, 2017)
  –  June 20, 2017
In what must surely be acknowledged as one of the most important archival issues of the year, this album consists of two discs of the great pianist and composer Thelonious Monk adapting his own personal music for film, accompanied by an excellent group ...
Berkshires Jazz to offer 100th birthday tribute to Thelonious Monk
  –  July 19, 2017
Produced by Berkshires Jazz, Inc, the event features internationally-renowned pianist Ted Rosenthal who has toured with the likes of Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, and Phil Woods. Winner of the 1988 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition ...
Newly Uncovered Recordings Find Thelonious Monk In His Prime
  –  June 20, 2017
KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: In July 1959, jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk recorded music for a film. Nearly 30 minutes of his work was featured in the French film "Les Liasisons Dangereuses." The master tapes have just been released, and reviewer Tom ...
Newly Uncovered Recordings Find Thelonious Monk In His Prime
  –  June 20, 2017
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: In July 1959, jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk recorded music for a film. Nearly 30 minutes of his work was featured in the French film "Les Liasisons Dangereuses."
Thelonious Monk’s Little-Known ‘Liaisons’
  –  June 10, 2017
Pianist Thelonious Monk was born in Rocky Mount, N.C., on Oct. 10, 1917. The centenary of this moment will likely inspire a wave of celebratory concerts and recordings. Since Monk’s death, in 1982, the influence of his compact body of compositions has ...

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