Pulitzer Panel Honors Jazz Legend Thelonious Monk
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."