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Thelonious Monk

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Brittany Oppong

on 11 May 2016

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Thelonious Monk
Early life
Thelonious Monk is one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time and one of the creators of jazz and modern bepop.
- He was born on October 10, 1917
In Rocky Mount, North Carolina
- At the age of 4 he moved to New York City with his family.
- Monk began studying classical piano when he was eleven.
- When he was 17 he dropped out of school to pursue his music career.
Starting his career
In 1941, Monk began working at Minton's , Playhouse in Harlem where he joined the house band and helped develop the school of jazz.
- In 1947, he recorded under his own name when he played as a leader of a sextet session for Blues Note.
He made a total of 5 Blue notes between 1947 and 1952 including "Criss Cross" and "Evidence".
- These were his first works characteristics of Monks unique jazz style.

Criss Cross
Monk's work continued to be largely overlooked by jazz fans after he was signed to Riverside Records in 1955.
- He released two records but they didn't get that much credit as he deserved.
In 1956, he dropped another album Brilliant Corners which was considered one of his true masterpieces.
In 1957, the Thelonius Monk Quartet began performing regularly at the Five spot in New York.
By 1962, he was given a contract to Columbia records and he was of the 4 jazz artists to make the cover of Times Magazine.
Thelonious Monk Quartet- Round Midnight
By: Brittany Oppong
Later years
By the early 1970's Monk was ready for retirement.
- He spent his final years living quietly in seclusion and after suffering from illness he died from a stroke and on February 17, 1982.
- He was inducted in the the Grammy Hall of Fame, added to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry, and featured on a United States postage stamp.
Don't blame me
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