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A Biographical Sketch

Gabriel Solis

in Monk's Music

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780520252004
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940963 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252004.003.0002
A Biographical Sketch

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This chapter presents some notes on Monk's life and career as a first step in understanding his legacy for the contemporary jazz scene, and provides a brief outline of his life, focusing on those aspects of it that musicians have found noteworthy. The jazz community has traditionally been fairly small, and musicians have tended to know one another personally or with only one or two degrees of separation. Music making is a social act, and, as in the rest of American culture, individualism is an important paradigm. As a result, knowing Monk (or knowing about Monk) as an individual person with a biography, that is, a life story, is a prerequisite for many jazz musicians and listeners to knowing his music.

Keywords: Thelonious Monk; contemporary jazz; music; jazz community; American culture

Chapter.  3720 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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