Playlist: Monk's Birthday

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October 8, 2019 | 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 commemorate Monk's 102th Birthday at the SFJAZZ Center on October 10 special guest pianist Benny Green and guitarist Miles Okazaki, who's incredible 2018 Monk Tribute recording 'WORK ' was named #5 on The New York Times 'Best Albums of the Year.'

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.