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Name: Thelonious Sphere Monk                                                   
Also known as Monk                                                             
Born: 10 October 1917 Rocky Mount, North Carolina, U.S.                         
Died: 17 February 1982                                                         
Genre(s): Jazz, bebop, hard bop                                                 
Occupation(s): Pianist, composer                                               
Instrument: Piano                                                               
Thelonious Sphere Monk (October 10, 1917-February 17, 1982) was a jazz pianist 
and composer.                                                                   
Widely considered one of the most important musicians in jazz, Monk had a unique
improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz     
repertoire (including his classic works "'Round Midnight" and "Blue Monk"). He 
is often regarded as a founder of bebop, although his playing style evolved away
from the form. His compositions and improvisations are full of dissonant       
harmonies and angular melodic twists, and are impossible to separate from Monk's
unorthodox approach to the piano, which combined a highly percussive attack with
abrupt, dramatic use of silences and hesitations.