Monk, Thelonious

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Monk, Thelonious Gender: M
Theolonious Sphere Monk, Jr.
born on 10 October 1917 at 21:15 (= 9:15 PM )
Place Rocky Mount, North Carolina, 35n56, 77w47
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Garner
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 17°12' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 21°59 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 23°49'

Thelonious Monk


American jazz pianist and composer, considered to be one of the world’s most important and eccentric jazz figures and sometimes referred to as "The High Priest of Bebop." Monk's most productive years were from 1945 to 1965 when he put out a volume of work. From 1971-1972, he toured the world with "The Giants of Jazz" and in 1978 received a special tribute at President Jimmy Carter’s White House jazz party.

He began to play by ear as a child, then took lessons at age 12 after the family moved from North Carolina to New York. In the late '30s he played piano with a traveling evangelist show. Primarily working with groups and small bands, he did gigs in New York and formed a big band in 1959 that played intermittently. The family stayed in one New York neighborhood which, in 1983, saw a portion renamed Thelonius Sphere Monk Circle.

His son, Thelonious Monk Jr., became a drummer and continues his father’s legacy and helped establish the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.

He died of a cerebral aneurysm on 17 February 1982 in Englewood, New Jersey.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Booker, Walter (born 17 December 1933). Notes: Music collaborators
  • associate relationship with Byrd, Donald (born 9 December 1932)
  • associate relationship with Dorham, Kenny (born 30 August 1924). Notes: Music collaborators
  • associate relationship with Haynes, Roy (born 13 March 1925)
  • associate relationship with Powell, Bud (born 27 September 1924)
  • associate relationship with Roach, Max (born 10 January 1924)


Source Notes

Steinbrecher quotes B.C. from Garner


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Stroke (Terminal)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted (Son a musician)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (Giants Of Jazz)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Piano)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Culture Collection