Jose Reyes

Jose Reyes

“Monk on Monday” is here

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There must be a playlist for the great Thelonious Monk and it’s here! Every Monday there will be 6 hours dedicated to Monk and this playlist will be known as “Monk on Monday.” Listeners of Jazz Con Class are from around the world and will benefit all of them. This specialty Monk playlist will be featured three times on every Monday. Of course, there will be Monk tunes played on the other days and from the other playlists. To learn more of the times when Monk will be featured check Mondays on the Schedule link here.

Biography of Monk:

Born on October 10, 1917, in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Thelonious was only four when his mother and his two siblings, Marion and Thomas, moved to New York City. Unlike other Southern migrants who headed straight to Harlem, the Monks settled on West 63rd Street in the “San Juan Hill” neighborhood of Manhattan, near the Hudson River. His father, Thelonious, Sr., joined the family three years later, but health considerations forced him to return to North Carolina. During his stay, however, he often played the harmonica, ‘Jew’s harp,” and piano—all of which probably influenced his son’s unyielding musical interests. Young Monk turned out to be a musical prodigy in addition to a good student and a fine athlete. He studied the trumpet briefly but began exploring the piano at age nine. He was about nine when Marion’s piano teacher took Thelonious on as a student. By his early teens, he was playing rent parties, sitting in on organ and piano at a local Baptist church, and was reputed to have won several “amateur hour” competitions at the Apollo Theater.

Admitted to Peter Stuyvesant, one of the city’s best high schools, Monk dropped out at the end of his sophomore year to pursue music and around 1935 took a job as a pianist for a traveling evangelist and faith healer. Returning after two years, he formed his own quartet and played local bars and small clubs until the spring of 1941, when drummer Kenny Clarke hired him as the house pianist at Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem….Read More

Here’s a great video of a Monk solo:

 

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