Harmony: Straight, No Chaser (1951), Blues, 2-5-1, and 3-6-2-5-1 (Turn-Around)
W. C. (William Christopher) Handy (1873-1958)
St. Louis Blues (1914)
St. Louis Blues: Louis Armstrong and Velma Middleton (1959)
Live In Belgium 1959. Louis Armstrong trumpet and vocal,
Velma Middleton vocal, Peanuts Hucko clarinet,
Trummy Young trombone, Billy Kyle piano, Mort Herbert bass, Danny Barcelona drums.
The Influence of W. C. Handy and Black Music on the Dominant White Culture in the US
The Blues from Black Music - Signature Songs for WWII Crowd and Their Children
Glenn Miller (1904-1944)
Elvis Presley (1935-1977)
YET ANOTHER BLUES, Monk: "Straight, No Chaser"
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Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (France 1969)
Thelonious Monk Quartet: Thelonious Monk (piano), Charlie Rousse (sax)
Nate Hygelund (bass), and Philly Joe Jones (drums)
Advice of Bill Evans - Understand Principles Independent of Style
Fun with the 2-5-1 in the Middle of Each Song
Duke Ellington Satin Doll (1953)
Jim Carrey (b. 1962) in "The Mask" (1994)
Cuban Pete (1964, José Norman) Movie Version (1994) with 2-5-1
Cuban Pete (1946 Film)
Middle Section - NO 2-5-1
The Mask (1994 Film)
Middle Section - YES 2-5-1
Desi Arnaz (1917-1886)
Jim Carrey (b. 1962)
Different Stories, original music by José Norman
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The Mask (1994)
Julius Monk (1912-1995)
Thelonious Monk (1917-1982)
Great grandfather of Thelonious was a slave of the great grandfather of Julius.
Thelonious and Julius probably knew of each other. In every issue of the directory for Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians, Thelonious's name followed Julius's in the listing of pianists. They shared a lot more than the piano, the union, a reputation for eccentricity, Latinate first names, and the same surname. Both hailed from North Carolina-Julius from Salisbury in Rowan County (he was born in 1912), Thelonious from Rocky Mount in Edgecombe County (born in 1917). Their geographical origins are not accidental: a century earlier, Julius's great-grandfather, Archibald Monk, had enslaved Thelonious's great-grandfather, John Jack Monk. (from the Robin D. G. Kelley biography of Monk)
Julius Withers Monk took great interest in studying his family's past. During the 1940s, he conducted extensive genealogical research and even commissioned a scholar to produce a detailed family tree of the Monks. Yet he was only interested in the Monks who looked like him, not the nineteen slaves his great-granddaddy owned in 1860. Had he known this history, he might have been inspired to head down to the Five Spot after his show and thank Thelonious personally for the privileged life he was able to enjoy. The scion of one of Salisbury's wealthiest landowners, Dr. Lawrence Monk, Sr., Julius grew up in a well-to-do family and attended the Peabody Institute in Baltimore and the Cincinnati Conservatory. Julius's excellent musical education, like his father's and brother's medical school education, was partly paid for with inherited wealth, the source of which turned out to be the sweat and toil of John Jack Monk and the other African-descended people held in bondage. (from the Robin D. G. Kelley biography of Monk)
Thelonious Monk, Sr., 1930s.
Georgianna Batts (Mother of Monk's Mom) and
Monk's Mom Barbara, Rocky Mount, NC (c. 1910)
Photos Courtesy Thelonious Monk Estate
Rubie Richardson and Monk
Monk's First Love Song: Ruby, My Dear (1957)
Monk's Wife Nellie (1921-2002), Married: 1947 until Monk's Death in 1982
Song: Crepuscule (Twilight) with Nellie (1947)
Only piece Monk wrote that is not improvised.
Monk and His Family (Daughter Boo Boo, Wife Nellie, and Son)
Children named Thelonious and Barbara after Monk's Parents
Song: Boo Boo's Birthday