Monk, Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, and Roy Haynes, 1953

Monk and Dizzy (photo by Ethan Hein)

monk_jazzrelfectionscourtesy of Jazz Reflections

monk_time mag

“Sometimes it’s to your advantage for people to think you’re crazy.” “All musicians are subconsciously mathematicians.” “I say, play your own way. Don’t play what the public wants.” -“Everyone is influenced by everybody but you bring it down home the way you feel it.” -“All musicians stimulate each other. The vibrations get scattered around.” “I wouldn’t say I’m religious, but I haven’t been around the churches in a good while so I don’t know what they’re putting down in there now.” Thelonious  Monk

“The more original something is, the more of a threat it seems until the people catch up with it. That happened with Thelonious Monk. It happened with anybody who is really original.”
Steve Lacy

“The first jazz pianist I heard was Thelonious Monk. My father was listening to an album of his called ‘Monk’s Dream’ almost every day from the time I was born.”
Benny Green


monk_jazzreflectionsphoto courtesy of Jazz Reflections


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