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Nica Rothschild (aka Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter) and Thelonious Monk at New York's Five Spot jazz club in Photograph: Ben Martin (Getty Images)

Charlie Parker ~Repinned Via Christa Bethune Smith

Charlie Parker started playing as a boy, when his mother gave him a saxophone to cheer him up after his father left. He went on to spearhead a musical revolution – nd

Thelonious Monk, Genius of Modern Music  How could the jazz-pianists after him play their music not always in shame and humility?

Thelonious Monk, Genius of Modern Music How could the jazz-pianists after him play their music not always in shame and humility?

On his 97th birthday, Thelonious Monk's Time cover, February 1964

Only five jazz musicians have ever been on the cover of Time Magazine, and Thelonious Monk was one of them - gracing the February 1964 issue.

soul eyes — Monk

Thelonious Monk, jazz pianist and composer. Considered one of the giants of American music, he is the recorded jazz composer.

Ladies of Jazz:  Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Thelma Carpenter, Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughan, Pearl Bailey

Ladies of Jazz: Ella Fitzgerald (April 1917 - June Billie Holiday (April 1915 - June Thelma Carpenter (January 1922 - May Lena Horne (June 1917 - May Sarah Vaughan (March 1924 - April Pearl Bailey (March 1918 - August

Thelonious Monk (1963)

Thelonious Sphere Monk (October 1917 – February was an American jazz pianist and composer, considered one of the giants of American music.

Duke Ellington

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was an American composer, pianist, and big-band leader. Ellington wrote over compositions. Born: April Washington, D. Died: May New York

Benny Goodman - first to bring jazz to Carnegie Hall. Goodman had character drawbacks, too.

Benny Goodman - 1929 / The "King of Swing" 10 years later, one the prime movers integrating Jazz with the hiring of Teddy Wilson, Lionel Hampton, Charley Christian and others

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