Pulitzer Panel Honors Jazz Legend Thelonious Monk

Pulitzer Prize winners were announced Monday. Among those honored by the Pulitzer panel was legendary jazz pianist Thelonious Monk.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

The latest Pulitzer Prize winners were announced yesterday. Amid the recognition of journalists and writers, was a special posthumous award for jazz musician Thelonius Monk. In honor of this we'll hear a little bit of a newly discovered 1957 recording of the Thelonius Monk Quartet, featuring John Coltrane.

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This recording was made by the voice of America for a radio broadcast that year and then lost for decades. It was unearthed by the Library of Congress last April and is now available on Blue Note Record. Thelonius Monk received a special citation from the Pulitzer Board for his, quote, "distinguished and innovative compositions and their enduring impact on jazz."

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Pulitzer Prizes: 2006 Winners

 

JOURNALISM

Public Service: The Times-Picayune of New Orleans and the sun Herald of Gulfport, Miss., for coverage of Hurricane Katrina

Breaking News Reporting: The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, for Hurricane Katrina coverage (Interview with 'Times-Picayune' Editor Jim Amoss, Jan. 4)

Investigative Reporting: Susan Schmidt, James V. Grimaldi and R. Jeffrey Smith of The Washington Post for coverage of the Jack Abramoff scandal (Interview with Schmidt and Smith, Feb. 1)

Explanatory Reporting: David Finkel of The Washington Post, for writing about the U.S. government's attempt to bring democracy to Yemen

Beat Reporting: Dana Priest of The Washington Post, for reporting on secret prisons and the government's counterterrorism campaign (Dana Priest Interview, Nov. 5, 2005)

National Reporting: James Risen and Eric Lichtblau of The New York Times (Interview with Risen, Jan. 5)

National Reporting: Staffs of the San Diego Union-Tribune and Copley News Service

International Reporting: James Kahn and Jim Yardley of The New York Times for coverage of China's legal system

Feature Writing: Jim Sheeler of the Rocky Mountain News, for his story on a Marine major who helps families of comrades killed in Iraq cope with their loss

Commentary: Nicholas D. Kristof of The New York Times

Criticism: Robin Givhan of The Washington Post

Editorial Writing: Rick Attig and Doug Bates of The Oregonian for writing about abuse inside a mental hospital

Editorial Cartooning: Mike Luckovich of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Luckovich Featured on 'Talk of the Nation' Feb. 9)

Breaking News Photography: The Dallas Morning News, for coverage of Hurricane Katrina

Feature Photography: Todd Heisler of the Rocky Mountain News, for behind-the-scenes funeral coverage of Marines from Colorado

LETTERS, DRAMA & MUSIC

Fiction: Geraldine Brooks, March (Book Excerpt and Interview, March 9, 2005)

Drama: No prize awarded

History: David M. Oshinsky, Polio: An American Story

Biography or Autobiography: Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin, American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Bird and Sherwin on 'Talk of the Nation' May 11, 2005)

Poetry: Claudia Emerson, "Late Wife"

General Non-Fiction: Caroline Elkins, Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya (Elkins Interview, Jan. 22, 2005)

Music: Yehudi Wyner, "Piano Concerto: 'Chiavi in Mano'"

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