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Thelonious Monk

Thelonious MonkAKA Thelonious Sphere Monk

Born: 10-Oct-1917
Birthplace: Rocky Mount, NC
Died: 17-Feb-1982
Location of death: Edgewood, NJ
Cause of death: Stroke
Remains: Buried, Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale, NY

Gender: Male
Religion: See Note [1]
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Jazz Musician

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Influential Bebop pianist and composer

[1] "He was never into religion. Religion was not his thing. He thought he was God." -- his niece Charlotte

Father: Thelonious Monk, Sr. (b. 20-Jun-1889)
Mother: Barbara Sphere Batts (b. 1892)
Sister: Marion Barbara Monk (b. 18-Jan-1916)
Brother: Thomas (b. 11-Jan-1920)
Wife: Nellie Smith (m. 1947)
Son: Thelonious Monk Jr. (T. S. Monk, musician, b. 1949)
Daughter: Barbara (b. 1953, d. 1984)

    High School: Stuyvesant High School, New York City, NY (dropout)
    Conservatory: Juilliard School of Music

    American Federation of Musicians Local 802 (Mar-1939)
    Expelled from School P.S. 69, eighth grade
    Drug Possession: Heroin New York City (Aug-1951)
    Psychiatric Observation Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital (Dec-1956), three weeks
    Disorderly Conduct New Castle, DE (15-Oct-1958), pled guilty
    Drug Possession: Marijuana New Castle, DE (15-Oct-1958), charge dropped
    Psychiatric Observation Grafton State Hospital, Worcester, MA (28-Apr-1959), one week
    Shock Treatment 1970s
    Coma (Feb-1982)
    Guggenheim Fellowship 1976
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 7055 Hollywood Blvd
    Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1993), posthumous
    Pulitzer Prize for Music 2006, posthumous
    Risk Factors: Bipolar Disorder, Smoking, Marijuana, Cocaine, Amphetamines

    Jazz on a Summer's Day (28-Mar-1960) · Himself

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