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Rocky Mount in Edgecombe County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Thelonious Monk

(1917-1982)

 
 
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By Zoe Denise Atkinson, September 13, 2016
1. Thelonious Monk Marker
Inscription. Jazz pianist, composer, and architect of bebop. Wrote “Round Midnight” (1944). Born 1 mile south.
 
Erected 2011 by North Carolina Office of Archives and History. (Marker Number E 119.)
 
Location. 35° 56.65′ N, 77° 47.65′ W. Marker is in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, in Edgecombe County. Marker is at the intersection of Northeast Main Street and East Thomas Street (Business U.S. 64), on the right when traveling north on Northeast Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rocky Mount NC 27801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Miss Anna Easter Brown (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Harold Bascom Durham, Jr. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Douglas Franklin Davis (approx. ¼ mile away); Jim Thorpe (approx. ¼ mile away); Operation Dixie (approx. ¼ mile away); Dr. Junius Daniel Douglas 1874-1973 (approx. 0.4 miles away); This Bell (approx. 0.4 miles away); The ACL 303 (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rocky Mount.
 
Also see . . .
1. Thelonious Monk Biography. In the link the reader will find a video clip describing the life of Thelonious Monk,
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By Zoe Denise Atkinson
2. Thelonious Monk Marker
they will also find quick facts about his career and also giving his official date of birth and death. If the reader wishes they can also read an article about his early career and some of his achievements as well as information about his family. (Submitted on September 13, 2016, by Zoe Denise Atkinson of Rocky Mount, North Carolina.) 

2. Thelonious Monk Biography. In the link the reader will find information of the life, legacy and music of Thelonious Monk. (Submitted on September 13, 2016, by Zoe Denise Atkinson of Rocky Mount, North Carolina.) 

3. Wikipedia Entry. Thelonious Sphere Monk (1917–1982) was an American jazz pianist and composer. He had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including ‘’Round Midnight,’ ‘Blue Monk,’ ‘Straight, No Chaser,’ ‘Ruby, My Dear,’ ‘In Walked Bud,’ and ‘Well, You Needn’t.’ ... Monk’s compositions and improvisations feature dissonances and angular melodic twists and are consistent with his unorthodox approach to the piano, which combined a highly percussive attack with abrupt, dramatic use of switched key releases, silences, and hesitations. ... Monk was renowned for a distinct look which included suits, hats, and sunglasses. He was also noted for an idiosyncratic habit during performances: while other musicians continued
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By Zoe Denise Atkinson, September 13, 2016
3. Thelonious Monk Marker
playing, Monk stopped, stood up and danced for a few moments before returning to the piano. (Submitted on February 24, 2018.) 

4. Thelonious Monk Quartet - ’Round Midnight. 1966 performance in Norway.
(Submitted on February 25, 2018.) 
 
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4. Thelonious Monk
This 1964 portrait of Thelonious Monk (1917-1982) by Boris Chaliapin hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.

“A leader of the postwar jazz revolution, Thelonious Monk along with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker sparked the 'bebop' movement, a jazz style faster and more frenetic than the swing that had held sway since the thirties. Monk's piano style has been called eccentric: 'his melodies were angular, his harmonies full of jarring clusters.' His recording career took off in the mid-1950s, and he won an enthusiastic following, often playing with such other avant-garde musicians as John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. His compositions 'Round Midnight,' 'Blue Monk,' and 'Epistrophy' are considered classics of modern jazz.” — National Portrait Gallery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2016, by Zoe Denise Atkinson of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 437 times since then and 122 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week February 25, 2018. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 13, 2016, by Zoe Denise Atkinson of Rocky Mount, North Carolina.   4. submitted on August 3, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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