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Thelonious Monk

Born: 
10/10/1917
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Died: 
02/17/1982
Years Active: 
1930's-1975
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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."

Concerts

Event Date Venue City Region Country
Minton's House Band & Guests 04/30/1941 Minton's Playhouse NYC New York USA
Minton's House Band & Guests 05/04/1941 Minton's Playhouse NYC New York USA
Minton's House Band & Guests 05/08/1941 Minton's Playhouse NYC New York USA
Charlie Christian's Jam Session 05/12/1941 Minton's Playhouse NYC New York USA
Minton's House Band & Guests 05/18/1941 Minton's Playhouse NYC New York USA
Minton's House Band & Guests 05/20/1941 Minton's Playhouse NYC New York USA
Minton's House Band & Guests 05/21/1941 Minton's Playhouse NYC New York USA
Coleman Hawkins Recording Session 10/19/1944 Empire Studios NYC New York USA
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra 06/26/1946 Spotlite Club NYC New York USA
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra 06/27/1946 Spotlite Club NYC New York USA
Thelonious Monk Recording Session 10/15/1947 WOR Studios NYC New York USA
Thelonious Monk Recording Session 10/24/1947 WOR Studios NYC New York USA
Thelonious Monk Recording Session 11/21/1947 WOR Studios NYC New York USA
Thelonious Monk Recording Session 07/02/1948 Apex Studios NYC New York USA
The Charlie Parker Quintet 07/11/1948 Onyx Club NYC New York USA
Charlie Parker Recording Session 06/06/1950 Mercury Studios NYC New York USA
Thelonious Monk Recording Session 07/23/1951 WOR Studios NYC New York USA
Thelonious Monk Recording Session 05/30/1952 WOR Studios NYC New York USA
Thelonious Monk Recording Session 10/15/1952 Van Gelder Studio (H) Hackensack New Jersey USA
Thelonious Monk Recording Session 12/18/1952 Van Gelder Studio (H) Hackensack New Jersey USA
Thelonious Monk Recording Session 11/13/1953 WOR Studios NYC New York USA
Thelonious Monk Recording Session 05/11/1954 Van Gelder Studio (H) Hackensack New Jersey USA
Thelonious Monk Recording Session 09/22/1954 Van Gelder Studio (H) Hackensack New Jersey USA
Thelonious Monk-Sonny Rollins Recording Session 10/25/1954 Van Gelder Studio (H) Hackensack New Jersey USA
Miles Davis Recording Session 12/24/1954 Van Gelder Studio (H) Hackensack New Jersey USA

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