Thelonious Monk was born on Octo in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. At age seventeen, Monk dropped out of the esteemed Stuyvesant High School to pursue his music career. He toured with the so-called "Texas Warhorse," an evangelist and faith healer, before assembling a quartet of his own. Thelonious Sphere Monk was an American jazz pianist and composer. the cover story, wanted to write about a jazz musician and almost by default Monk. To tell Monk's story and the story of the people who shaped his world, I was uncovering some of the most obscure individuals, people in the jazz. Thelonious Monk, American pianist and composer who was among the first creators of modern jazz. As the pianist in the band at Minton's. Robin D.G. Kelley's new book, Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original, focuses on the career of the eccentric jazz. Robin D.G. Kelley spent 14 years on a new book, which some are calling the definitive work on a jazz legend. In Thelonious Monk: The Life. Thelonious Monk reads sheet music. Thelonious Monk's artistry is woven into the very core of jazz history. “Palo Alto,” a new release. Consider this: both Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk were born in of each musician were integral to the birth of modern jazz. Consequently, Monk has become perhaps the most talked about and least understood artists in the history of jazz. Born on Octo, in Rocky Mount. Monk belonged to the early jazz coterie that went on to create bebop. Throughout the '40s he was playing with such names as Dizzy Gillespie and.