Thelonious Monk : American Composer

Masters of American Music

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Thelonious Monk
Barry Harris
Billy Taylor
Coleman Hawkins
Randy Weston
Ben Riley

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The pianistic ringleader of the bebop revolution, Thelonious Monk is Jazz’ first major composer after Duke Ellington. 

With Thelonious Monk III as an integral on-screen presence, we investigate the artistry of Thelonious Monk. The filmmakers visit the neighborhoods in which Monk lived and played—first, growing up on San Juan Hill in Manhattan; Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem; the famed 52nd St., as well as West 63rd St. in Manhattan, which has been renamed Thelonious Sphere Monk Street.

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Directed by:
Matthew Seig
Production date: 1992
Duration: 1 h 0 min
Production: © Multiprises, LLC

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