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Monk's Music: Thelonious Monk and Jazz History in the Making

Gabriel Solis


Thelonious Monk (1917–1982) was one of jazz's greatest and most enigmatic figures. As a composer, pianist, and bandleader, he both extended the piano tradition known as Harlem stride and was at the center of modern jazz's creation during the 1940s, setting the stage for the experimentalism of the 1960s and '70s. This study combines cultural theory, biography, and musical analysis to shed light on Monk's music and on the jazz canon itself. The author shows how the work of this stubbornly nonconformist composer emerged from the jazz world's fringes to find a central place in its canon. This biog ... More

Keywords: Harlem stride, jazz experimentalism, cultural theory, biography, musical analysis, ethnography, memory, jazz avant-garde

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780520252004
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520252004.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gabriel Solis, author

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