Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk

His motto was "There are no wrong notes on the piano."

Founded

October 10, 1917 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Full Name

Date of Birth

October 10, 1917 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Still Alive

Date of Death

February 17, 1982 in Weehawken, New Jersey

Thelonious Monk at Minton's Playhouse in New York City circa September 1947
Thelonious Monk at Minton's Playhouse in New York City circa September 1947

About The artist

“Working with Monk brought me close to a musical architect of the highest order.  I felt I learned from him in every way—through the senses, theoretically, technically.”
John Coltrane

Did you know...

By the time Monk was thirteen, he had won the weekly amateur competition at the Apollo Theater so many times that the management banned him from re-entering the contest.

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