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.