Pulitzer Panel Honors Jazz Legend Thelonious Monk

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


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



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


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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