Thelonious Monk was one of the most innovative and influential jazz musicians of the twentieth century. Born in 1917 on April 10 in Rocky Mount, New York, Thelonius Monk grew up as the only child of Barbara and Thelonious Monk in the Bronx, New York. His childhood was marked by poverty and his family struggled to support themselves.
A talented pianist Thelonius excelled at the age of thirteen at the age of fifteen, at the age of fourteen he picked up the jazz piano and began learning the basics of the instrument, at the age of seventeen he took piano lessons from his father, at the age of nineteen he became the youngest member of his school's varsity football team. When he turned twenty, he graduated from high school and went to college to pursue a degree in music but left school before finishing his degree to pursue a career as an electrician. He worked on electrical equipment for most of his twenties.
Jazz piano is a musical style that originated in New Orleans in the 1920's. It was then that Monk began to learn the musical style of jazz, he then went on to become a well-known jazz singer, pianist, and composer.
Known for his innovative and unusual approach to music, many believe that Monk has made his compositions and performances more interesting to listeners through the use of unusual notes, rhythms, and styles. He has been described as "one of the first people" to use "the blues scale" as a main rhythm for his compositions. While this particular style of guitar playing has become very popular in modern times, it was not until recently that this technique was actually developed by the great jazz pianists of the early twentieth century. Monk is often credited as being the first one to use this style of guitar playing on his compositions.
Jazz is a form of music that has evolved over the years and today, jazz can be heard playing in most any situation including weddings, church, clubs, concerts, and private houses of worship. Many jazz bands are also known to perform outside of their homes and venues. Although most people associate jazz with black American music, the style of music can be heard in other countries and many other cultures.
Most of the music that is considered to be "jazz" today was influenced by European classical music. Jazz music is thought of as being in tune with the rhythm of time. Some may argue that the music can be considered to be in time because it was first recorded and released prior to the advent of rock and roll. It was this influence that made it so popular among audiences.
With the arrival of the recording industry, more music can be made available for a wide variety of music lovers. As a result, the style of music itself was also expanded and changed over the years.
Although Jazz can be considered to be very unique and original, it is not a genre that can stand alone, instead it is often combined with other genres of music. Jazz has a very large influence on popular music today. Jazz also continues to grow in popularity and is considered by many to be the most popular form of music played at weddings, corporate events, clubs, and private parties. Jazz music was born out of a very unique combination of old-time music, free improvising of musical ideas, and a combination of jazz, blues, and classical styles.
In order for you to really appreciate the wonderful music that was played by Thelonious Monk, it is important to take a moment to listen to his music. It is a very simple and yet beautiful sound. His music is unique and there is nothing like it.
After the death of Thelonious, there are countless talented musicians that have stepped up and taken over the reigns of this great musical master. Among the most notable ones are; Duke Ellington, Buddy Bolden, Miles Davis, Benny Goodman, Ellington, Miles Miller, Pino Palladino, Chef Watson, Lenny Breau, Bobby McFerrin, Toby Keith, Rufusko Okpunu and John Coltrane. These are just a few of the greats of jazz. These great musicians have changed the music forever. They have become household names in the world of music and continue to keep the music alive.
There is no doubt that great jazz guitar players continue to evolve and change the style of guitar playing in our music today. As the world grows and changes, the style of music continues to expand and grow.