Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk
1917 - 1982

Thelonious Monk  American Jazz Musician


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Thelonious Monk was previously married to Nellie Smith (1947).


American Jazz Musician Thelonious Monk was born Thelonious Sphere Monk on 10th October, 1917 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina USA and passed away on 17th Feb 1982 Edgewood, NJ aged 64. He is most remembered for Jazz pianist and composer. His zodiac sign is Libra.

Thelonious Monk is a member of the following lists: Columbia Records artists, Juilliard School alumni and 1982 deaths.


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First Name Thelonious
Middle Name Sphere
Last Name Monk
Full Name at Birth Thelonious Sphere Monk
Alternative Name Thelonious Sphere Monk, Thelonious Monk
Age 64 (age at death) years
Birthday 10th October, 1917
Birthplace Rocky Mount, North Carolina USA
Died 17th February, 1982
Place of Death Edgewood, NJ
Cause of Death Stroke
Height 6' 3" (191 cm)
Build Average
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Hair Color Black
Zodiac Sign Libra
Sexuality Straight
Ethnicity Black
Nationality American
High School Stuyvesant High School, New York City, NY (dropout)
Occupation Text Pianist, composer
Occupation Jazz Musician
Claim to Fame Jazz pianist and composer
Music Genre (Text) Jazz, Cool Jazz, Bebop, Hard Bop
Music Genre Jazz, Piano
Year(s) Active 1940s–1973
Music Style Bop, Post-Bop, Hard Bop, Modal Music, Modern Big Band, Mainstream Jazz, Progressive Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Piano Jazz
Music Mood Whimsical, Sophisticated, Stylish, Exuberant, Quirky, Earthy, Confident, Witty, Playful, Passionate, Freewheeling, Complex, Humorous, Irreverent, Searching, Enigmatic, Wry, Earnest, Literate, Amiable/Good-Natured, Brash
Instrument Piano, Composer, Leader
Instrument (text) Piano
Record Label Blue Note, Prestige, Riverside, Columbia
Associated Acts Milt Jackson, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Oscar Pettiford, John Coltrane, Art Blakey
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Thelonious Sphere Monk (, October 10, 1917 – February 17, 1982) was an American jazz pianist and composer. He had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including "'Round Midnight", "Blue Monk", "Straight, No Chaser", "Ruby, My Dear", "In Walked Bud", and "Well, You Needn't". Monk is the second-most-recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington.

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