Playlist: Monk's Birthday

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October 8, 2020 | by Monisha Sharma

Thelonious Monk (William Gottlieb Collection)

Pianist, composer, iconoclast, and jazz icon Thelonious Sphere Monk has inspired generations of music fans and musicians alike. His indelible compositions are among the most beloved in the jazz pantheon. We look forward to this week's Fridays at Five streaming concert, with pianists Joanne Brackeen, Kris Davis, and Helen Sung honoring the legacy of Thelonious Monk, filmed in October 2018 on what would have been Monk's 101st birthday.

We have curated a playlist of Monk’s music, performed by the legend himself as well as interpretations of his work by his contemporaries and today’s greatest artists.