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Thelonious Sphere Monk

composer , pianist

Thelonious Sphere Monk, American composer, pianist. Critic's award as outstanding jazz pianist, 1958, 59, 60; named to Down Beat Magazine Hall of Fame.

Background

Monk, Thelonious Sphere was born on October 10, 1918 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States. Son of Thelonious and Barbara (Batts) Monk.

Education

Education high school, New York City.

Works

  • With Kenny Clarke, Charlie Christian, Dizzie Gillespie, Charlie Parker pioneered movement in jazz popularly known as bop music. Recordings Blue Note, Prestige, Riverside Records. Composer songs including Round Midnight, Ask Me Now, Pannonica, Off Minor, Brilliant Corners, Monk's Mood, Well You Needn't, Straight No Chaser, Work.

Connections

Married Nellie Smith, September 15, 1948. Children: Thelonious, Barbara.

father:
Thelonious Monk

mother:
Barbara (Batts) Monk

spouse:
Nellie Smith

children:
Thelonious Monk

Barbara Monk