Thelonious Monk - 14

When he was still a child Thelonious Monk taught himself how to play the piano!
He began working as a musician when he was a teenager and had a full-time job playing piano
and writing music before he was 25 years old.
His music defined the style known as be-bop and inspired many other musicians to copy him.
Born in North Carolina, his family moved to New York City, when he was six years old, into a neighborhood
full of musicians (see if you can find Thelonius in the picture above).
Thelonious also was given a Pulitzer Prize for his music! Here are just a few of his many hits:


  1. I can’t believe that he taught himself to play the piano.- Indira

  2. It sounded like jazz and the pictures are black and white.


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