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  Thelonious Monk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Monk is often regarded as a founder of bebop although his playing style evolved away from the form.
Monk started playing the piano at the age of six; although he had some formal training and eavesdropped on his sister's piano lessons, he was essentially self-taught.
Monk's unique piano style was largely perfected during his stint as the house pianist at Minton's in the early-to-mid 1940s, when he participated in the famous after-hours "cutting competitions" that featured most of the leading jazz soloists of the day.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Thelonious_Monk   (2006 words)

 Thelonious Monk - Biography - AOL Music
Thelonious Monk, who was criticized by observers who failed to listen to his music on its own terms, suffered through a decade of neglect before he was suddenly acclaimed as a genius; his music had not changed one bit in the interim.
Thelonious Monk grew up in New York, started playing piano when he was around five, and had his first job touring as an accompanist to an evangelist.
Monk was suffering from mental illness and, other than a few special appearances during the mid-'70s, he lived the rest of his life in seclusion.
music.aol.com /artist/thelonious-monk/106839/biography   (873 words)

 Thelonious Monk BIOGRAPHY bio
In the end, although all of Monk’s Blue Note sides are hailed today as some of his greatest recordings, at the time of their release in the late 1940s and early 1950s, they proved to be a commercial failure.
Monk’s final recording with Columbia was a big band session with Oliver Nelson’s Orchestra in November of 1968, which turned out to be both an artistic and commercial failure.
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz was created to promote jazz education and to train and encourage new generations of musicians.
www.monkzone.com /silent/biographyHTML.htm   (1799 words)

 Thelonious Monk biography - 8notes.com
Thelonious Sphere Monk (October 10, 1917–February 17, 1982) was a jazz pianist and composer known for his unique improvisational style and many contributions to the standard jazz repertoire.
While Monk is often regarded as a founder of bebop, his playing style evolved away from the form.
Monk also had a regular working group, featuring the tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse, but by now his work as a composer was quite limited.
www.8notes.com /biographies/monk.asp   (889 words)

 Thelonious Monk - The Complete Riverside Recordings
Monk wanted this track to be included on the LP "Thelonious Himself." John Coltrane came in from Philadelphia just to record this one track.
Thelonious was in San Francisco to appear for the first time with his regular quartet, and it was decided to make a follow up to the impressive "Thelonious Himself" solo album from 1957.
Thelonious Monk was one of the most significant artists in the entire history of our music.
www.howardm.net /tsmonk/riverside.php   (1212 words)

 Thelonious Monk
Monk was known as "the high priest of bop." However, he didn't catch on in popularity as quickly as the others.
Monk has been called "the first great jazz composer after Duke Ellington." When asked why he didn't write more, he said that he was going to keep playing his songs until people heard them.
Monk formed a quarter, that became one of his more stable groups, in 1959, and featured Rouse on saxophone.
airjudden.tripod.com /jazz/theloniousmonk.html   (613 words)

 PBS - JAZZ A Film By Ken Burns: Selected Artist Biography - Thelonious Monk
In 1944 Monk made his first known visit to a recording studio, as a member of the Coleman Hawkins Quartet; in the same year his well-known tune Round about Midnight was recorded by Cootie Williams, who collaborated with him in its composition.
This latter recording and three of his next albums for Riverside (Brilliant Corners, Thelonious Himself, and Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane) were masterpieces, and Monk became the most acclaimed and controversial jazz improviser of the late 1950s almost overnight.
Monk's professional career now took a dramatic turn for the better, and in 1957 he began appearing regularly with Coltrane, Wilbur Ware, and Shadow Wilson at the Five Spot in New York.
www.pbs.org /jazz/biography/artist_id_monk_thelonious.htm   (758 words)

 girish: Thelonious Monk
Monk extracts an interesting tone from the piano—sort of raw and dusky—and uses fingering styles that would cause your average piano teacher to keel over in disbelief.
Monk sounds not like he is breaking the rules but as if he is unaware that those rules even exist.
My introduction to Monk (sort of) and my introduction to jazz in general occurred at the same time: when I was a teenager, I saw a Monk celebration (on PBS) in which a number of jazz musicians performed his best music.
www.girishshambu.com /blog/2006/04/thelonious-monk.html   (2173 words)

 THELONIOUS MONK   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
Thelonious was born Oct 10 1918 and died in 1982 at the age of sixty-five.
Thelonious is probably best known for his composition "Round about Midnight" although it is just one of over 100 pieces of quality material Monk wrote.
Travelling with Bud Powell, Monk and Bud were pulled over by the cops and Monk decided to hold Bud's weed for him and was subsequently arrested and his cabaret licence was revoked.
www3.sympatico.ca /villagejazz/MONK.HTM   (631 words)

 Amazon.com: Thelonious Monk: Music: Thelonious Monk   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
Monk is often described as a "difficult" pianist due to his angular playing, but listeners often identify with his quirky-yet-catchy tunes and wry sense of humor.
Thelonious Monk has a unique and commanding position among jazz pianists because of the total originality of his musical vision and his ability to express it fully, however unorthodox his music is. Indeed, his individulality is one of his chief assets.
Monk was in a diffucult time personally, for he was operating in almost total obscurity and lack of recognition.
www.amazon.com /Thelonious-Monk/dp/B000000Y0E   (1716 words)

 Ink 19 :: Thelonious Monk
A Monk piece never seems to relax, to settle into the warm ripples that almost everybody else played at some time or another.
But that's me. Perhaps two percent of Monk's recorded output was solo, and that hasn't seemed to affect his acclaim as an Important Genius, so I do not doubt that this collection will find favor with Monk fans.
Liner notes are in the way of an interview with T.S. Monk on "The Two Monks" and being his father's son, and an essay by Nat Hentoff.
www.ink19.com /issues/december2003/musicReviews/musicM/theloniousMonk.html   (423 words)

 Thelonious Monk: The Hard Bop Homepage
When Thelonious Monk was four his family moved to new York, which was his home until he retired.
In 1944 Monk made his first known visit to a recording studio, as a member of the Coleman Hawkins Quartet.
Monk's professional career took a dramatic turn for the better in 1957 when he began appearing regularly with John Coltrane, Wilbur Ware, and Shadow Wilson at the Five Spot in New York.
members.tripod.com /~hardbop/monk.html   (431 words)

 Thelonious Monk @ The Jazz Files   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
Once considered too eccentric and complex to be appreciated, Monk has become a standard of excellence, as both composer and soloist, for those who seek to extend the jazz tradition to today.
Monks ideas regarding tonality, accent and dissonance were not typically boppish, however; and, except for a 1944 session with Coleman Hawkins where he made his debut, he was not recorded as quickly as the other modernists.
As a composer; however; Monk made his presence felt and his 'Round Midnight", "Epistrophy" and "Off Minor" were all recorded by others even before Monk obtained his first session as a leader in 1947.
www.thejazzfiles.com /JazzMonk.html   (429 words)

 Thelonious Monk at harlem.org : explore jazz history through Art Kane's photograph
Monk's compositions are some of the best in jazz.
Monk created musical drama that felt like watching a house of cards teeter back and forth but never fall.
From 1951 to 1957 Monk was prohibited from playing some of the bigger jazz clubs in New York because of the 'cabaret card' law.
www.harlem.org /people/monk.html   (149 words)

 Amazon.ca: The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall: Music: Thelonious Monk   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
My favorite of his albums is "Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington," in which it's just Monk's piano, drums and bass.
My favorite cut is sort of a bebop version of "Johnny One Note" called "Thelonious." If you're new to bebop, listen to this tune - the melody centers close to a one-note drone, which sets off the bebop chordal counterpoint in a way that's both gripping and easy to understand.
Thelonious, the first track, never sounded better than with the furious, wailing treatment it gets here.
www.amazon.ca /Thelonious-Monk-Orchestra-Town-Hall/dp/B000000Y7U   (724 words)

 The Austin Chronicle Music: Review - Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk was such a genius musician that anything he recorded is worth having.
The other two Monk albums here are 2-CD sets cut live at the Jazz Workshop in 1964 with Rouse, Gales, and Riley, and live in Tokyo in 1963, with Rouse, bassist Butch Warren, and Riley.
Again, by standards of Monk's previous work this material isn't revolutionary, but his groups exhibit a mastery that shouldn't be taken for granted.
www.austinchronicle.com /issues/dispatch/2001-07-13/music_recviews12.html   (408 words)

 Thelonious Monk for Guitar!
"Thelonious Monk For Guitar makes the music of one of the most important and immediately identifiable jazz composers more accessible.
Measure 2: The E flat bass line is Monk's addition to the melody.
For improvisation, the chord changes are A flat maj7 for two beats, B flatm7 for the third beat, and Bm7 for the forth beat.
www.garywittner.com /pages/book.html   (445 words)

 Jerry Jazz Musician Thelonious Monk
Monk is an artist whose soul enters yours; as if you can hold an album of his in your hands and feel the music through your fingers...Go to a record store in 250 years and some clerk wearing shades will be playing "Ruby, My Dear".
Wynton interprets Monk on a release certain to be #1 with a bullet in Monk freak households...
The high-resolution fl and white duotone reproduction of Lee Tanner’s photograph of Thelonious Monk is ready for framing.
www.jerryjazzmusician.com /portraits-single.cfm?CatalogName=monkthelonious   (989 words)

 Biography - Thelonious Monk (Bio 137)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
He worked with Lucky Millinder a bit in 1942 and was with the Cootie Williams Orchestra briefly in 1944 (Williams recorded Monk's "Epistrophy" in 1942 and in 1944 was the first to record "'Round Midnight") but it was when he became Coleman Hawkins's regular pianist that Monk was initially noticed.
Thelonious Monk, 'This Is Jazz', 1962, Ars Nova
Thelonious Monk, 'Monk In Paris: Live At The Olympia', 2003, Thelonious Records/Hyena
musicbase.h1.ru /PPB/ppb1/Bio_137.htm   (964 words)

 Thelonious Monk : Brilliant Corners ---Ink Blot Magazine
Thelonious Monk moved to New York at the age of 5, and he began gigging around Harlem in 1934.
Although his songs had always been appreciated by other musicians, Monk was at best overlooked, and at worst scoffed at, by jazz fans and critics during the early part of his career.
He was quirky and unorthodox as a composer, soloist, and a comper, but the public finally caught up to him by the time of this release, on which he finds the middle ground between challenging and accessible.
www.inkblotmagazine.com /rev-archive/monk1.htm   (442 words)

 Amazon.com: Thelonious Himself: Music: Thelonious Monk   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
Because Thelonious Monk's artistic vision was so personal and peculiar, hearing him in a solo setting is perhaps the best way to begin to understand him.
The finale "Monk's Mood" is a fragile ballad that eventually adds color from tenor John Coltrane and bassist Wilbur Ware--the only spot on the record with accompaniment.
The 22 minutes of Monk working out a solo version of "'Round Midnight," followed by the finished take are vital to understanding how Monk functioned as a composer and arranger.
www.amazon.com /Thelonious-Himself-Monk/dp/B000000YEF   (959 words)

 village voice > music > by Larry Blumenfeld
Though this album ends with "Monk's Mood" performed in trio (with John Coltrane and Wilbur Ware), the rest is a thrilling extended peek into the pianist's machine.
Monk had shone with a tentet before, in 1959 at Town Hall, with arrangements by Hall Overton.
Monk's final recordings—solo takes, and trio sessions with Blakey and bassist Al McKibbon—find him still toying inventively with his compositions, still radiating a singular joie de vivre.
www.villagevoice.com /music/0623,blumenfeld,73453,22.html   (1320 words)

 Scholar exploring how Thelonious Monk became part of jazz history
Solis, a professor of musicology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is among those contributing to the nonstop buzz.
His article, "Hearing Monk: History, Memory and the Making of a ‘Jazz Giant,’ " is scheduled for publication in the forthcoming issue of The Musical Quarterly.
To better grasp what the "Jazz Giant" means to musicians today, Solis collected oral histories from musicians who played with Monk, as well as from contemporary jazz artists who perform his compositions today and claim him as a significant influence on their own musical careers.
www.news.uiuc.edu /gentips/02/11monk.html   (501 words)

 Thelonious   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
In 1944 Monk recorded as a member of the Coleman Hawkins Quartet.
In addition to these recording ventures, Monk was also playing at the Spotlite Club as a member of Dizzy Gillespie's orchestra.
Thelonious recorded under his own name in 1947 in a sextet session for Blue Note records which included his original compositions Humph and Thelonious.
www.actlab.utexas.edu /~horshak/greatday/monk.html   (202 words)

 Thelonious Monk
Monk spent years recording for Riverside, during which time they never stopped trying to convince the world that he was a genius.
Monk's fame was finally starting to catch up with his ability, and he got a contract with Columbia.
It's interesting to hear Monk's compositions given standard big band arrangements, and fun to hear Monk banging away in his usual clattery manner in the middle of it all...
www.warr.org /monk.html   (1522 words)

 The Thelonious Monk Website
Thelonious Monk is not usually considered a "bebop" piano player, but was part of that small but select group of jazz musicians who were responsible for the birth of a new kind of jazz in the early 1940's, which was at the time called bebop.
The Discography - this will take you to lots of information about Monk's audio and video recordings, including many links to sleeve notes and reviews.
Reviews and Awards - The Thelonious Monk website has won several awards - take a look at them here.
www.howardm.net /tsmonk/tsmonk.php   (468 words)

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