Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Sphere Monk was a jazz pianist and composer.  Monk was one of five jazz musicians featured on the cover of Time magazine.

Monk was known for his style of play he flattened his fingers at times and he sometimes played with his elbows to get the sound he wanted.

He was a vital member of the jazz revolution which took place in the early 1940’s along with Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie.

He was known for his multitude of jazz compositions.

Here is a short list of his jazz compositions that have become jazz standards:

  • Round Midnight
  • Blue Monk
  • Epistrophy
  • Straight No Chaser
  • Ruby My Dear
  • In Walked Bud
  • Think of One
  • Well You Needn’t.

He will forever be known for being one of the originators of the jazz style known as Bebop my favorite form of jazz. I just finished this Monk mosaic this is my second mosaic of this truly original jazz artist.

Gregory Sipp to release Thelonious Monk Mosaic at Mid – Atlantic Jazz Festival in Rockville, Maryland February 16-18 2018

Join Gregory Sipp at the Mid – Atlantic Jazz Festival in Rockville, Maryland February 16-18 2018 for the release of his Thelonious Monk Mosaic along with his other mosaics.

The Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival (MAFJ) is presented in the true spirit and intent of the former East Coast Jazz Festival (ECJF).  Founded in 1992 by vocalist/vocal educator Ronnie Wells, for the next 15 years the ECJF was produced by and benefited The Fish Middleton Jazz Scholarship Fund, Inc.

(FMJS).  ECJF was originally created in honor of Elmore “Fish” Middleton, a Washington, DC jazz radio programmer, whose commitment to promoting jazz music and supporting emerging jazz artists became the guiding principle behind the festival.

Produced by the Jazz Academy of Music, which hosts a burgeoning annual jazz camp for aspiring high school jazz musicians, the MAJF makes an indelible commitment to jazz education.

The Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival will build upon the legacy of ECJF in presenting the region’s finest talents and visiting masters in unique “festival” programs and configurations, Next Generation jazz artists, and student ensembles.

Click here to purchase Gregory Sipp’s Thelonious Monk Mosaic