NC Jazz Legend Thelonious Monk Honored In Congress. He Would Have Been 100 On Tuesday
Jazz legend Thelonious Monk was born 100 years ago. Tuesday would’ve been his 100th birthday.
The piano was Monk’s instrument of choice and his fingers striking, slapping and tapping piano keys to his own compositions made him famous – one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th Century.
In fact, he helped create the genre’s modern incarnation. In particular, he’s credited by many as the father of bebop, although he was later overshadowed in that regard by contemporaries — saxophonist Charlie Parker and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, in particular.
Born in Rocky Mount, Monk moved to New York …