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Thelonious Monk

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Birthday
10, 1917
Birthplace
Rocky Mount, NC
Death Date
Feb 17, 1982 (64)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
10, 1917
Birthplace
Rocky Mount, NC
Death Date
Feb 17, 1982 (64)

About

One of America's most influential jazz artists, he was known as the High Priest of Bebop, a musical genre he pioneered.

Before Fame

He performed at a Manhattan nightclub called Minton's Playhouse, where he was the house pianist.

Trivia

He was known to get up and dance briefly in the middle of his sets. He was the second-most recorded jazz composer behind , in spite of the fact that he wrote only 70 songs compared to Ellington's 1,000.

Family Life

He married Nellie Monk in 1947. They had two children together.

Associated With

He was featured on the cover of Time magazine in 2010, becoming one of only a few jazz musicians to appear on the prestigious publication. The others included Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, and Wynton Marsalis.