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Great Lives: Thelonious Monk

Hannah Rothschild looks back at the life of jazz musician Thelonious Monk.

Hannah Rothschild champions the life of the jazz musician Thelonious Monk.

Brilliant, eccentric and one of the true giants of jazz, Monk was an incredible pianist, the composer of jazz standards such as 'Round Midnight', the co-creator of bebop and a close friend of Hannah's great-aunt, the Jazz Baroness Nica Rothschild.

Matthew Parris chairs as Hannah and music writer Richard Williams chart Monk's progress through the jazz clubs and recording studios of mid-twentieth century New York.

30 minutes

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:00

    Thelonious Monk

    Abide With Me

    • Complete Riverside Recordings.
    • Riverside.
    • 9.
  • 00:00

    Thelonious Monk

    Blue Monk

    Performer: Charlie Rouse. Performer: Pee Wee Russell. Performer: Butch Warren. Performer: Frankie Dunlop. Performer: Thelonious Monk. Performer: Pee Wee Russell.
    • Thelonious Monk.
    • Prestige.
    • 1.
  • 00:13

    Thelonious Monk

    Evidence

    • Thelonious Monk Quartet Live.
    • Blue Note.
  • 00:17

    Thelonious Monk

    Crepuscule with Nellie

    • At Carnegie Hall - Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane.
    • Blue Note.
    • 3.
  • 00:25

    Thelonious Monk

    April In Paris

    • Monk.
    • Columbia.
    • 2.
  • 00:27

    Thelonious Monk

    'Round Midnight

    • Complete Blue Note Recordings.
    • Blue Note.
    • 20.

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