Thelonious Monk

Born: 
10/10/1917
City: 
Rocky Mount
Region: 
North Carolina
Country: 
USA
Died: 
02/17/1982
Cause of Death: 
Stroke
Years Active: 
1930's-1973
Instruments: 
Piano
Image Credit: 
William P. Gottlieb/Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress

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Thelonious Sphere Monk was an American jazz pianist and composer considered one of the giants of American music. Monk had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including "Epistrophy", "'Round Midnight", "Blue Monk", "Straight, No Chaser" and "Well, You Needn't". Monk is the second most recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington, which is particularly remarkable as Ellington composed over 1,000 songs while Monk wrote about 70. Bassist Al McKibbon, who had known Monk for over twenty years and played on his final tour in 1971, later said: "On that tour Monk said about two words. I mean literally maybe two words. He didn't say 'Good morning', 'Goodnight', 'What time?' Nothing. Why, I don't know. He sent word back after the tour was over that the reason he couldn't communicate or play was that Art Blakey and I were so ugly."

Discography

Released: 1952
Released: 1956
Released: 1956
Released: 1956
Released: 1956
Released: 1956
Released: 1957
Released: 1957
Released: 1957
Released: 1959
Released: 1964
Released: 1973
Released: 1976
Released: 1979
Released: 1983
Released: 1984

Concerts

Event Datesort descending Venue City Region Country
Jazz vs. Rock 'N Roll 03/12/1956 Graystone Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
New Jazz @ Ford Auditorium 02/13/1959 Ford Auditorium Detroit Michigan USA
1st Annual American Jazz Festival 08/14/1959 Michigan State Fairgrounds Detroit Michigan USA
Newport Jazz Festival 09/13/1959 Masonic Temple Detroit Michigan USA
Thelonious Monk Quartet 10/05/1959 Club 12 Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Thelonious Monk Quartet 10/06/1959 Club 12 Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Thelonious Monk Quartet 10/07/1959 Club 12 Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Thelonious Monk Quartet 10/08/1959 Club 12 Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Thelonious Monk Quartet 10/09/1959 Club 12 Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Thelonious Monk Quartet 10/10/1959 Club 12 Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Thelonious Monk Quartet 10/11/1959 Club 12 Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Thelonious Monk Quartet 03/08/1960 Minor Key Detroit Michigan USA
Thelonious Monk Quartet 03/09/1960 Minor Key Detroit Michigan USA
Thelonious Monk Quartet 03/10/1960 Minor Key Detroit Michigan USA
Thelonious Monk Quartet 03/11/1960 Minor Key Detroit Michigan USA
Thelonious Monk Quartet 03/12/1960 Minor Key Detroit Michigan USA
Thelonious Monk Quartet 03/13/1960 Minor Key Detroit Michigan USA
Jazz in January 01/22/1967 Cobo Arena Detroit Michigan USA
Thelonious Monk 10/15/1967 Masonic Temple Detroit Michigan USA
Schlitz Salute to Jazz 08/04/1968 Cobo Arena Detroit Michigan USA
Thelonious Monk 10/14/1969 Baker's Keyboard Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
Thelonious Monk 10/15/1969 Baker's Keyboard Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
Thelonious Monk 10/16/1969 Baker's Keyboard Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
Thelonious Monk 10/17/1969 Baker's Keyboard Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
Thelonious Monk 10/18/1969 Baker's Keyboard Lounge Detroit Michigan USA

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