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Thelonious Monk, one of the most original and influential artists in the history of modern music, was born October 10, 1917 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Though a musical maverick, Monk, during his lifetime, achieved great fame with numerous Carnegie Hall concerts, a feature on the cover of Time magazine, and a famous force of will that forever changed the direction of jazz music.

In 1970, Paul Jeffrey replaced Charlie Rouse in Monk’s quartet, following in a long line… read more

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