On this day in 1917 pianist and composer Thelonious Monk was born


Jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk poses in Jan. 1949. The location is not known. (AP Photo)
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Born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Thelonious Monk would go on to become a pivotal figure in the world of jazz, known for his innovative approach to music. 

Monk’s distinctive compositions, marked by their intricate melodies and unconventional harmonies, remain beloved classics in the jazz canon. Songs like “Round Midnight” and “Blue Monk” have become timeless standards, and his unorthodox piano style continues to influence generations of musicians.

Monk’s legacy as an innovator and trailblazer in jazz endures, reminding us of the enduring power of creativity and individuality in the world of music.

Thelonious Monk passed away on February 17, 1982, but his contributions to the world of music continue to inspire and captivate audiences to this day.

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