Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk



Thelonious Sphere Monk[2] (/θəˈlniəs/, October 10, 1917[3] – February 17, 1982) was an American jazz pianist and composer. He 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 his unorthodox approach to the piano, which combined a highly percussive attack with abrupt, dramatic use of switched key releases, silences, and hesitations. His style was not universally appreciated; the poet and jazz critic Philip Larkin dismissing him as 'the elephant on the keyboard'.[5]

Monk 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 magazine, after Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, and Duke Ellington and before Wynton Marsalis.[6][7]



The Complete Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection
The Complete Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection is an album by musical artist Thelonious Monk, released on December 15, 2017.
Live at Rotterdam 1967
Live at Rotterdam 1967 is an album by musical artist Thelonious Monk, released on October 13, 2017.
Retrospection And Introspection
Retrospection And Introspection is an album by musical artist Thelonious Monk, released on July 26, 2017.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960
Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 is an album by musical artist Thelonious Monk, released on June 16, 2017.

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Thelonious Monk makes the cover of Time magazine
  –  December 21, 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 ...
Arts: Centennial noted for jazz pioneer Thelonious Monk
  –  November 15, 2017
But 2017 is also the centennial of one of America’s most creative musicians, pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, a prime architect of the country’s most distinctive contribution to the art world. Even overseas the London Jazz Festival is ...
Nov. 4 concert to honour Thelonious Monk
  –  October 13, 2017
Trent University is organizing a concert at Sadleir House early next month to honour 100 years since the birth of American jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk. The concert will be Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. in the dining hall at Sadleir House and will feature ...
100 years later: Musicians, fans pay tribute to jazz legend Thelonious Monk
  –  October 12, 2017
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s first-ever free Thelonious Monk Symposium will take place on Thursday and Friday. For more information, visit “I am delighted to say as we speak the No. 2 most recorded composer in the history of jazz is my father ...
Events to honor Thelonious Monk
  –  October 5, 2017
People locally, nationally and internationally will celebrate the upcoming 100th birthday of legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk. In Rocky Mount, a series of weekend events will honor the Rocky Mount native, who was born on Oct. 10 ...
Benefit concert in honor of Thelonious Monk at Yale on Saturday
  –  October 3, 2017
NEW HAVEN — Drummer and composer Thelonious Monk III and other prominent jazz artists will be featured in a benefit concert Saturday in honor of jazz legend Thelonious Monk’s 100th birth anniversary. The concert, “United in His Presence,” is ...
Celebrate Thelonious Monk at Oakton's Jazz Lounge Oct. 20
  –  October 3, 2017
"During the evening, we will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great jazz pianist and composer, Thelonious Monk, known for his unique improvisational style," Evans says. "Highlighting the celebration will be the performance of one of ...

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