Thelonious Monk


Appendix B: Records and Tapes in Thelonious Monk’s Personal Collection at the Time of His Death; and Other Selected Music Mentioned in the Book

Thelonious Monk, The Life and Times of an American Original; by Robert D.G. Kelley



the photographer W . Eugene Smith ( at whose loft Monk’s big band often rehearsed ) ,

  • “Uncle Thelonious sat at the piano turning Christmas carols into Monk originals.”
    “Teeny noticed a book of compositions by Chopin perched on her uncle’s rented Steinway baby grand piano.”
    Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Igor Stravinsky
    Eskimo music . . .
    African music
    Chinese music .
    the music of porpoises
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