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Thelonious Monk artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

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February 26, 2009 Trumpeter Charles Tolliver leads an ambitious re-creation of Thelonious Monk's first big band.

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Interviews & Profiles

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December 29, 2009 Author Robin D.G. Kelley portrays the jazz great as a trained musician, psychiatric case and father.

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February 28, 2009 Thelonious Monk's 1959 concert at New York's Town Hall has become the stuff of legend.

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October 15, 2008 Jazz pianist Jason Moran talks about one of his biggest musical influences: Thelonious Monk.

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October 10, 2007 Ninety years ago today, a New York jazz legend was born in the Southern city of Rocky Mount, N.C.

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Monk was noted for his odd stage behavior, including a seemingly improvisational dance he performed during others' solos.

August 1, 2001 Instantly recognizable, the musical language Monk created was iconic in its originality.

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September 21, 2005 Bob Boilen speaks with All Things Considered music reviewers Tom Moon, Meredith Ochs and Will He...

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September 20, 2007 A musician reflects on the Monterey Jazz Festival and reviews a new set of archival Monterey CDs.

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April 18, 2006 Among those honored by the Pulitzer panel was legendary jazz pianist Thelonious Monk.

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October 5, 2005 Larry Appelbaum of the Library of Congress describes his astounding discovery of a 1957 recording.

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September 30, 2005 A newly unearthed recording captures Thelonius Monk and John Coltrane at the height of their powers.

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Reviews

Live at the Cellar Door, the new album from Neil Young, was recorded in 1970.

December 13, 2013 Three distinct live recordings from around 1970 each capture an artist whose career was changing.

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Thelonious Monk, photographed at Minton's Playhouse in 1947.

June 29, 2011 When Monk's band arrived late in San Francisco, it inspired a solo album recorded in 1959.

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December 16, 2005 Tom Moon's picks for the year's best CDs range from lo-fi indie folk to rediscovered jazz.

The cover of Thelonious Himself

August 1, 2001 After years of being ignored by critics, Monk became a star while playing with John Coltrane.

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The cover of Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 2

August 1, 2001 This set tracks the legendary pianist's career during a critical time and includes alternate takes.

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The cover of At Town Hall

August 1, 2001 This 1959 album captures one of the few moments when Monk recorded with a large ensemble.

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More Stories

Paris 1969, from the late Thelonious Monk, comes out Nov. 26.

November 17, 2013 An international jazz star plays a 3,000-seat concert hall in France. Here's what happens.

Guatemalan author Eduardo Halfon's most recent book, The Polish Boxer, mesmerized us.

May 10, 2013 This week on Alt.Latino, Guatemalan author Eduardo Halfon discusses his latest book.

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California poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.

April 18, 2013 Alt.Latino celebrates National Poetry Month with Herrera, who discusses the songs that shaped him.

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All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen, possibly singing with his parents, circa 1959.

June 5, 2012 On this edition of the show, we share listeners' memories of their parents' record collections.

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Branford Marsalis (right) and Joey Calderazzo.

June 8, 2011 Inspired by their own album of duets, we asked the jazzmen to name their favorite pairings.

Leprechaun plushie.

March 15, 2011 Hear some jazz songs that wear green, at least in their titles, in honor of St. Patrick's Day.

Judy Garland (right) sang "I Got Rhythm" in the 1943 movie version of the 1930s musical Girl Crazy.

February 9, 2011 Little did George Gershwin know that his lovable song would evolve into something far greater.

A collage of records.

April 30, 2009 Years ago, a record-store clerk gave Tom Cole a vital tutorial, in the form of these five albums.

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Not every Monk cover is made equal.

October 6, 2008 Too many dishonor Thelonious Monk with wrongheaded covers. But a few manage to keep Monk weird.

Thelonious Monk at rest.

November 20, 2000 Monk emerged as a great jazz innovator, among those responsible for the birth of bebop in the 40s.

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Thelonious Monk Quartet With John Coltrane At Carnegie Hall

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  • Album: Thelonious Monk Quartet With John Coltrane At Carnegie Hall
  • Artist: Thelonious Monk/John Coltrane
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Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall

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Paris 1969

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  • Album: Paris 1969
  • Artist: Thelonious Monk
  • Label: Blue Note
  • Released: 2013
 

Monk's Bones

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  • Album: Monk's Bones
  • Artist: Monk's Music Trio
  • Released: 2006
 

Thelonious Alone in San Francisco

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  • Released: 2011
 

Classic Sides 1931-1937

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  • Artist: Sidney Bechet
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  • Released: 2007
 

Timeless

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America's #1 Band: The Columbia Years

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Mulligan Meets Monk

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  • Album: Mulligan Meets Monk
  • Artist: Gerry Mulligan/Thelonious Monk
  • Label: Jvc Victor
  • Released: 1957
 

Something Else!!!!:The Music of Ornette Coleman

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  • Released: 1958
 

Live at the 1964 Monterey Jazz Festival

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Get Behind Me Satan

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The Craft

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Year of Meteors

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Z

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I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

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Congotronics

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Year of Meteors

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I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

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Monk 'Round the World

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  • Label: Thelonious Records
  • Released: 2004
 

Higher Ground

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  • Album: Higher Ground
  • Artist: T.S. Monk
  • Label: Thelonious Records
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Monk's Music

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Monk's Dream [Expanded]

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Thelonious Himself

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Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 1

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Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 2

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