A biography of the life and jazz music career of thelonious monk

It touched extensively on his later years and Mental Illness.

Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original by Robin DG Kelley

There are the expected stories of Elvis and Sun Records, Waylon, June and his Tennessee farm, but what sticks around after the final page is the heartening impression that although the Man in Black was a one-of-a-kind legend, he never thought of himself as larger than life.

Gillespie stabbed Calloway in the leg with a knife. In February he landed a recording date with the Bluebird label, gaining the distribution power of RCA for the new music.

He slowly developed into a recluse, with prescription drugs such as antipsychotics and lithium having little to no effect.

During the United States presidential campaign the artist, with tongue in cheek, put himself forward as an independent write-in candidate.

His compositions were so advanced that the lazier bebop players although not Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker assumed that he was crazy. This marked a new beginning for him. Monk started playing the piano at the age of six and was largely self-taught. The Christian name came from a Benedictine missionary saint of the seventh century, bestowed first on his father by sharecropper parents with an imaginative cast of mind there were siblings called Squire and Theodoras.

Willis was not immediately friendly but Gillespie was attracted anyway. A second orchestra concert in was even better than the first and Monk toured constantly throughout the s with his quartet which featured the reliable tenor of Charlie Rouse.

After the departure of Ore and Dunlop, the remainder of the rhythm section in Monk's quartet during the bulk of his Columbia period was Larry Gales on bass and Ben Riley on drums, both of whom joined in He would close himself off for days at a time, and then get excited for a few days, only to slump back into silence; according to his son.

He was at the Apollo Theatre for a series of amateur competitions. Smith maintains a narrow focus that strengthens her narrative, giving us an indelible portrait of two young artists working to divine their futures while surviving in s Manhattan. He attended Stuyvesant High School, a public school for gifted students, but did not graduate.

In his late teens, Monk began to indulge in Jazz, playing with small, local bands. Inhe was inducted into navy and was stationed in Hawaii.

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With Prestige, he cut several highly significant, but at the time under-recognized, albums, including collaborations with the saxophonist Sonny Rollins and the drummers Art Blakey and Max Roach.

Its mission is to offer public school-based jazz education programs for young people around the globe, helping students develop imaginative thinking, creativity, curiosity, a positive self-image, and a respect for their own and others' cultural heritage.

Monk was showcased at the club for a week, but not a single person came. Monk's Dream, his first Columbia album, was released in I]t was his love song for Nellie," said biographer Robin Kelley.

He moved on to Jimmy Heath's band in the middle of and played with the band untilwhen he returned to Philadelphia. After the school, Coltrane did several odd jobs. Lacy recorded many albums entirely focused on Monk's compositions. Both artists later were nominated for Grammy awards.

His state of being is revealed in the movie. InPrestige signed Coltrane as a solo artist while remaining in the Davis band and being a sideman for other bands. He attended Stuyvesant High Schoola public school for gifted students, but did not graduate. However, it was unpopular in the beginning and was not viewed as positively as swing music was.

Inhe signed with Riverside and producer Orrin Keepnews persuaded him to record an album of Duke Ellington tunes and one of standards so his music would appear to be more accessible to the average jazz fan.Find Thelonious Monk bio, music, credits, Thelonious Sphere Monk.

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