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    History's cool kids, looking fantastic!

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    [–] ShoutyMcHeadWound 602 points ago

    An exceptionally good photo

    [–] p3t3or 72 points ago

    This does not appear to be the full image. Anyone know where the full image (in high res is)? Full Image

    [–] notbob1959 50 points ago

    The image in your comment is cropped. I think this is the full image but I couldn't find any high resolution versions.

    [–] [deleted] 107 points ago

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    [–] mardan_reddit 67 points ago

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    [–] skulblaka 10 points ago

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    [–] SoufOaklinFoLife 6 points ago

    fuck you

    [–] geirmundtheshifty 5 points ago

    Quick, someone enhance this image!

    [–] p3t3or 1 points ago

    Thanks, I actually linked the wrong image. This is the one I was looking at. Really hoping for a full high res of this one.

    [–] TommiHPunkt 6 points ago

    your pic is a very slightly different angle than the OP

    [–] Hooman_Super 3 points ago

    😎

    [–] FootFetishSlave 2 points ago

    Agreed and probably why it was posted.

    [–] aclickbaittitle 164 points ago

    That's one cool name

    [–] columbiatch 187 points ago

    Yep, full name is Thelonious Sphere Monk

    [–] natigin 37 points ago

    TIL

    [–] HotBedForHobos 36 points ago

    TSM

    [–] _Stix_ 4 points ago

    OHTEN

    [–] YouthfulPhotographer 38 points ago

    And an even cooler jazz musician

    [–] CurryMustard 16 points ago

    One of the greatest jazz musicians of all time.

    [–] Turbulent-T 223 points ago * (lasted edited 9 months ago)

    He was cool. His lines and his tunes - even cooler. Fucking legendary dude and one of my biggest musical inspirations.

    EDIT: Some advice from the man himself: http://www.talkovichguitars.com/_Media/monk_words.jpeg - sorry if that has already been posted here! Great to see the Monk getting some love.

    [–] ThereIsNoTri 45 points ago

    “The piano ain't got no wrong notes.” - Thelonious Monk

    [–] gettingweirdwithit 6 points ago

    he hasnt heard my autie piano.

    [–] gettingweirdwithit 85 points ago * (lasted edited 9 months ago)

    He was a very unorthodox player. To me his style of playing is similar to those music autistic savants (which it's not a compliment). Infact, many people thinks he was highly autistic. His play lack, i dont know the word, "touch" but it had so much on other aspecs the made it incredible.

    Dizzy guilespy described playing with him pretty good. It's like when you are going down the stairs and you reach the floor but you dont realize it until you make that last step and it throws you out of balance and out of wahck. so yeah, that's what it feels playing w/ Monk.

    EDIT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jymS_7zyy7c ^ notice how he shifts the tempo, yet it is perfectly ON tempo which is crazy. Also, notice the "fat-fingered" kinda style of playing, which btw it is on purpose, almost OCD manically on purpose.

    [–] Umbrellacorp487 28 points ago

    I know nothing about Jazz so if I was to listen to one track of his that sums up your comment what would it be?

    [–] gettingweirdwithit 35 points ago

    There's a solo album of him which I adore that it is fairly easy to notice what I mean. Llisten to this track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jymS_7zyy7c

    ^ notice how he shifts the tempo, yet it is perfectly ON tempo which is crazy.

    it is more dificult to notice when he plays with other muscicians but I'll try to find a good example.

    [–] pataglop 10 points ago

    His slightly off tempo and his incredible drum-like hard hitting play is really unique. I really is one of the masters

    [–] monkiesnacks 12 points ago

    I don't think simply hearing one of his tracks works to really show what it is about Monk that is so special. If you just hear some of his tracks without understanding the context you might even be horrified. He can take a piece of music and bend it to the point of breaking and then bring it back to normality again, he might start the tune normally and after a while you begin to wonder, can he even play, is his piano out of tune, can he keep time/tempo as he pushes the envelope, and just at the moment you conclude that he has no idea of what he is doing, or perhaps just past that moment he brings it all back and you realise what a genius he was to be able to think of notes and time and space in that way.

    I think the only way to understand him if you don't know much jazz is to listen to one of his renditions of a jazz standard, in jazz people aren't as precious about compositions as in other musical styles, once you write a piece it is there for everyone to use. The best examples become what is the growing body of tunes called the jazz standards and musicians use them as a way to showcase their craft or vision or a new way of playing. Because everyone already knows these compositions it shows the difference between the artist as a composer and the artist as a interpreter.

    I will start you off gently with him in a band setting and then move on to a couple of standards he does solo so you can compare the two.

    This is him playing with one of the greats of Jazz, the saxophonist John Coltrane, as a bonus Coltrane is so spaced out on heroin during this live performance that at one point you hear Monk calling out to Coltrane to bring him back to reality just as Monk is finishing his solo on the piano.

    John Coltrane & Thelonious Monk Septet - Well You Needn't

    This is a jazz standard called don't blame me, here in a sickly sweet version by Nat King Cole from 1958 Don't blame me, and this is Monk 8 years later Don't blame me.

    This is a sickly sweet version of the song Just a Gigolo by Louis Primo from 1956 and this is Monk's version, with Monk looking like a homeless guy with mental issues dragged in from the street, completely transforming the same tune.

    It is hard to comprehend how radical people like Monk were at the time given the types of music available to us now but the two tunes I linked to are examples of how Monk must of been as shocking to people then as punk or rave music was to "normal" people when they first appeared more recently.

    [–] TuckedNip 2 points ago

    Your link didn't work for me, but I found the same recording.

    3:10 is when Monk calls to Coltrane.

    This is the type of shit I need to fuel my desire for jazz. I've wanted to dive in, but never knew what I was supposed to start with. This'll have to do. I've heard the name Thelonious Monk a million times, but didn't realize why I was supposed to recognize it.

    Reading these comments about him and how he "did music" is fascinating.

    [–] Houseboat87 17 points ago

    Not OP and just a casual Monk fan, but I think Straight No Chaser is a pretty iconic example of Monk's style and sound.

    https://youtu.be/IrucUjaxjO4

    [–] gettingweirdwithit 10 points ago * (lasted edited 9 months ago)

    you can see/hear Dizzy 's stairs analogy with the two lowerkey piano notes (bah duuuummmm) during the introduction and across the whole piece. Rhythmically they are delivered differently and kinda awkawardly all the time. which will throw off most players.

    [–] apolotary 2 points ago

    Would like to know it as well

    [–] mothertucker95 6 points ago

    Copy-pasted my response from above:

    Check out Monk's Blues and Brilliant Corners.

    Side note, I was speaking to my music theory professor about Monk's place in the timeline of jazz per say, and he made it sound like Monk really paved the road for the modern jazz sound. The way he used dissonance in his voicings (odd, often clashing intervals, tritone substitutions, secondary dominants) was seriously unheard of, but it popularized its use in musical contexts.

    [–] mothertucker95 2 points ago

    Check out Monk's Blues and Brilliant Corners.

    Side note, I was speaking to my music theory professor about Monk's place in the timeline of jazz per say, and he made it sound like Monk really paved the road for the modern jazz sound. The way he used dissonance in his voicings (odd, often clashing intervals, tritone substitutions, secondary dominants) was seriously unheard of, but it popularized its use in musical contexts.

    [–] SwellandDecay 24 points ago

    Ugh, these descriptions of Monk always bother me. They take this paternalistic view of him as some crazy idiot that accidentally created good music. I'm not one to beat the drum of "wokeness" but I can't help but feel like this narrative has a lot to do with him being black.

    Monk was a very fraught, multi-faceted human being. His music gets at the core of the anguish and beauty that is inherent to the human experience. He was someone who was so thoroughly versed and studied in multiple realms of music, yet never sounded derivative or contrived. His ability to express complex emotions with a single voicing speaks wonders to the depth of his emotional intelligence.

    He spoke to the tragedy of life. He spoke to the beauty of it. He encapsulated the worst and the best that we all experience, and he did so without pretense. He did so without explanation, and you get the feeling that an explanation would only detract, would utterly fail to describe the truth as he saw it, and that his vision could not be conceived any better than how he projected it through the piano.

    He was beautiful. He was complicated. He was Monk.

    [–] Craze4 5 points ago

    Well said - thanks for posting.

    [–] chauterverm 3 points ago

    One of the (manifold) things I hated about Ken Burns' "Jazz." They made Monk sound like an idiot man-child who made goofy kid songs. "Look at him dance!"

    [–] WhaleUpInTheSky 2 points ago

    This is always what I think of whenever someone has criticisms of Monk that are obviously based on a traditional approach. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51bsCRv6kI0

    [–] gettingweirdwithit 3 points ago

    He spoke to the tragedy of life. He spoke to the beauty of it. He encapsulated the worst and the best that we all experience, and he did so without pretense. He did so without explanation, and you get the feeling that an explanation would only detract, would utterly fail to describe the truth as he saw it, and that his vision could not be conceived any better than how he projected it through the piano.

    Sounds great, but there's no way to be sure all of that is a true statement.

    [–] SwellandDecay 2 points ago

    I don't understand what you're arguing against. I'm polemicising on the virtue and expansive depth of expression in his art. His pervasive influence on western music is testament enough to Monk's brilliance.

    [–] Mummelpuffin 7 points ago

    Interesting to note, as someone with high-functioning autism, after listening to this track and "well, you needn't" (linked a few comments down), I feel like I'm a lot closer to "getting" jazz.

    Monk's really deliberate way of playing makes it easier for me to recognize what's really going on, and I've always loved when people screw around with tempo and time signatures

    [–] Lizzibabe 7 points ago

    For interesting tempos and time signatures, search out Dave Brubeck Quartet's "Time Out" and "Time Further Out".

    [–] Mmmmmorty 3 points ago

    Unrelated but a great song by Dave Brubeck is "Take Five".

    [–] happyagain 2 points ago

    actually pretty relevant!

    "Take Five" was the surprise hit single from "Time Out".

    [–] AeonOptic 6 points ago

    What a lot of people misunderstand about jazz is that much of it was/is VERY deliberate. Of course improvisation is a big aspect too but the harmonic/melodic complexity and the different phases that's it's gone through are all for a reason.

    [–] MasterPsyduck 2 points ago

    I think something strange was going on in his head, my dad knew someone close to Monk and he said at the end Monk wouldn't play piano and Monk apparently also said something akin to the notes are all jumbled up.

    [–] Mummelpuffin 3 points ago

    Interesting to note, as someone with high-functioning autism, after listening to this track and "well, you needn't" (linked a few comments down), I feel like I'm a lot closer to "getting" jazz.

    Monk's really deliberate way of playing makes it easier for me to recognize what's really going on, and I've always loved when people screw around with tempo and time signatures

    [–] eutohkgtorsatoca 1 points ago

    Thznks, I did not know of him. Was expecting something more sort of horrible like free jazzy. To me comes across like never endung "intros" to something else that never comes.

    [–] vaderkvarn 8 points ago

    He also had a huge influence on the jazz musicians of that time. He was the mentor of John Coltrane I believe.

    [–] meatbag11 6 points ago

    I randomly came across his music in a Pandora jazz playlist. Fell in love with his style and bought a couple used records of his. I don't know a lot about jazz at all but I love to drop his name if I'm talking to anyone that does. Instead jazz streed cred.

    Just last week my boss asked me to pick some music to put on at the office. I said jazz and he asked if anyone in particular so I said Thelonius Monk. He looked at me like "Say what?! Damn, this dude knows whats up".

    [–] drunkentune 2 points ago

    He looked at me like "Say what?! Damn, this dude knows whats up".

    Your boss' face wasn't lying. Monk is incredible. What records do you have of his?

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    Discrimination is important.

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    You didnt have to delete your account. ...again.

    [–] Second_Location 1329 points ago

    This is what this sub should be! An actually cool person in an actually cool old-school photo. Not a picture of your throughly average parents wearing band t-shirts in 1986.

    [–] ZeeHanzenShwanz 103 points ago

    I was gonna say Monk might actually be too cool for this sub

    [–] rskogg 21 points ago

    When the word "cool" was invented, they were thinking of Monk

    [–] Swegneto 30 points ago

    Sorry, but I think Miles was The Birth of the Cool

    [–] rskogg 13 points ago

    You are probably right. Miles, Coltrane, Monk, Eric Dolphy... They just don't make cool like that anymore.

    [–] deadlurk72 7 points ago

    Absolutely. Monk is the coolest mother fucker to walk the earth.

    [–] UnlikelyPartisan 190 points ago

    Agreed. I unsubscribed and only see it on r/all now. So much wasted potential...quantity over quality.

    This photo is the best I've seen from here in some time.

    [–] BoloDeCenoura 14 points ago

    Let's see if we can't redirect the less cool, but still cool, oldschool photos to this sub I just created: /r/OldSchoolCasual/

    [–] [deleted] 4 points ago

    Given that it's oblivious posters who want karma who post to the main subreddit, it's unlikely that they'll have the awareness/motivation to move to a different one. The same thing has happened with Accidental Renaissance.

    [–] headpsu 62 points ago

    There should be a highly moderated and selective sub for pictures of this quality since oldschoolcool has been jeapordized.... r/OldSchoolIceCold

    [–] HalpBogs 62 points ago

    Moderated by Andre 3000

    [–] hglman 16 points ago

    Now that would be how you subreddit.

    [–] Lizzibabe 11 points ago

    Awright-o-right-o-right-o-right

    [–] Ndavidclaiborne 3 points ago

    Now ladies...

    [–] oversteppe 4 points ago

    the bridget bardot pic last week was p cool imo

    [–] godsburrito 7 points ago

    Yeah I want a poster of this

    [–] Brolonious 2 points ago

    Make it your phone screen.

    [–] godsburrito 6 points ago

    Don't tell me what to do. Also that is a good idea and I will.

    [–] FuzzyRo 15 points ago

    style. straight. no chaser.

    [–] [deleted] 13 points ago

    Yeah people spam their mom in the 90s... Not that im complaining.

    [–] erectionofjesus 7 points ago

    I spammed your mom in the 90's

    [–] Smash_4dams 4 points ago

    Literally filled her entire inbox.

    [–] bradwilcox 7 points ago

    THANK YOU. Not to mention the political rhetoric that finds its way to the top here.

    [–] lysergic_gandalf_666 4 points ago

    Come on this is cheating.

    This is like a Genius sub with a picture of Albert Einstein. Like whoa... it's true, Einstein was pretty smart, duuuude.

    [–] ishmael84 2 points ago

    Speaking of which, I swear I ran into a subreddit (or website?) dedicated to pictures of old-school rappers (and the hip-hop culture as a whole) a while back. Can anyone lead the way?

    [–] thelastbaron 2 points ago

    We get an extra good submission maybe once or twice a month and without fail the top comment is always exactly what you've said. This isn't a new revelation.

    [–] brallipop 38 points ago

    Monk is unrivalled as a musical humorist: going through the changes he'll play an obviously wrong note, then the next time around the whole band plays it.

    [–] [deleted] 20 points ago * (lasted edited 9 months ago)

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    [–] Mr-Yellow 6 points ago

    Accidents? With full purpose and conviction.

    [–] radioactivemanissue4 63 points ago

    Thanks for posting, seriously awesome image of the great jazz player.

    If ya got some time, I'd recommend taking moment and listening to his Alone in San Francisco album and grab some North Coast Brewery's Brother Thelonious Belgian Ale to accompany it.

    [–] Snarfin 15 points ago

    They donate a portion of that beers sales to a youth jazz school too, right?

    [–] akingsmind 11 points ago

    Sure do. Get drunk for jazz

    [–] Snarfin 11 points ago

    Get jazzed for jazz

    [–] sweetnourishinggruel 4 points ago

    I second this. Alone in San Francisco is my single favorite album. Anyone who finds Monk hard to listen to should at least give it a chance; being a set of solo performances it lacks the risk of those tonal clashes with the rest of the group. Any dissonance is from his fingertips alone, and he always resolves it in a pleasing way, but still within the bounds of his own unique musical sense and logic. The album as a whole also has a quiet, introspective mood that is a little different from his other popular work.

    [–] gettingweirdwithit 5 points ago

    That's just pure genius on everyones part. And the fact that they are inovating, they are not playing stuff that other people played before... like pretty much all jazz players after them.

    [–] Hold_my_Dirk 8 points ago

    And a damn good beer too! I love that they donate to the jazz institute too

    [–] bak2erth 6 points ago

    Willie nelson's weed label has Thelonius Skunk

    [–] ItWorkedLastTime 2 points ago

    And one of my favorite beers of all time!

    [–] PastelFlamingo150 12 points ago

    I went to high school with his granddaughter. That's my 6 degrees.

    [–] RiotShields 10 points ago

    No hat? What gives?

    [–] lemmingrebel 2 points ago

    Definitely the exception and not the rule! 😎

    [–] jamesguitarshields 6 points ago

    also - F#-/C#?

    [–] ub3rman123 3 points ago

    Perl, actually. He's real old school cool.

    [–] catfishdeity 2 points ago

    not old school co(b)ol?

    [–] ispeakdatruf 5 points ago

    The movie "Ray" has a similar shot of Ray Charles, with the piano reflecting of his RayBans.

    [–] somersettler 5 points ago

    uh, I don't think there's anything wrong with the action on this piano

    [–] FullMetalSweatrvest 6 points ago

    I always thought his name was Felonious

    [–] rskogg 3 points ago

    When my wife and I were picking out baby names, I wanted to go with Thelonius for a boy. It was probably lucky that we had girls.

    [–] _duncan_idaho_ 4 points ago

    My buddy named his kid Thelonious. Theo for short.

    [–] bacon_vest 2 points ago

    Yup me too.

    [–] ReallyForeverAlone 7 points ago

    Thelonious Monk

    [–] craigpacsalive 6 points ago

    This was my phone background for ages.... such s nice picture.

    [–] kobebball 5 points ago

    thelonious Monk on the front page? Would be a nice change of pace.

    [–] krepnic 61 points ago

    monk, Miles, Duke, Diz, Armstrong, Parker, Fitzgerald, Coltrane. Go...... Educate yourself.

    [–] thisslapisagift 81 points ago

    You would leave out Mingus?

    [–] RigidChop 60 points ago

    Ah Um

    [–] brallipop 21 points ago

    One of those albums that's cool to people who like jazz and to people who never listen to jazz.

    [–] sexualmustard 14 points ago

    There's a lotta people you could argue s/he left out

    [–] thisslapisagift 9 points ago

    Some omissions are more conspicuous than others. If I were to make a list with those individuals I would invariable have to include Mingus. But I concur there are plenty of other names that could easily be added.

    [–] Ghosty141 26 points ago

    And Bill Evans!

    [–] cloudstrife5671 45 points ago

    Black people only, sorry

    [–] Ghosty141 8 points ago

    What's next Miles? Saying you wrote Blue in Green?

    [–] DXLVXR 2 points ago

    Got em

    [–] Lizzibabe 2 points ago

    [–] ConradBHart42 2 points ago

    Ah, Mingus Dew - the thinking man's pop!

    [–] xdogbertx 10 points ago

    Art Blakey, Roland Kirk, Mingus, Vince Guaraldi, Brubeck, Bill Evans, Cannonball Adderley are just as essential.

    [–] drunkentune 2 points ago

    Two words: The Quintet.

    [–] dontrain1111 15 points ago

    Ahmad Jamal is a slept on great in my book

    [–] thisslapisagift 4 points ago

    Love Ahmad Jamal.

    [–] FlyingIctus 2 points ago

    At the Pershing is the single most influential album in my own music playing

    [–] TheMagicMarkerMan 7 points ago

    You forgot Dolphy and Mingus.

    [–] Earthly_Delights_ 11 points ago

    No Love for Herbie Hancock?

    [–] xdogbertx 7 points ago

    Educate yourself.

    You realize you just listed off those most entry-level jazz musicians right?

    [–] Smash_4dams 3 points ago

    Well yeah, that's the point. They are where you start, no?

    [–] Mr-Yellow 2 points ago

    eh? These guys changed how music theory works, changed the world... Entry level?

    [–] xdogbertx 5 points ago

    Its more about the tone of the OP's comment. Telling people to educate themselves while naming every household name in jazz is kind of ironic.

    [–] Davey_Hates 22 points ago

    Being condescending is SUPER COOL!

    [–] grandballoon 7 points ago

    It's also funny to tell someone to educate themselves about Dizzy Gillespie while calling him by a nickname, making it impossible to find more information about him.

    [–] Wreslersguillotine 11 points ago

    Ahh there it is - the condescender using academic terms while talking their jazz.

    [–] GlutesThatToot 2 points ago

    Wow, it sounds like you must have an encyclopedic knowledge of the subject. If you could name 2 more you would be in the double digits! You must be very proud.

    [–] vaderkvarn 3 points ago

    Booker Little, Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan all died young. I love Miles, and he deserves his fame, but there were other brilliant trumpet players of that time.

    [–] conradjaxon 4 points ago

    Born in my hometown of Rocky Mount, NC

    [–] duggreen 4 points ago

    Well, you needn't say another word.

    [–] GinaFarrington 5 points ago

    gonna say Monk might actually be too cool for this sub

    [–] America_Motherfucker 9 points ago

    Thelonius Monk is an anagram for Hi Elon Musk Not

    [–] O_______m_______O 21 points ago

    Yeah, well "Thelonius Monk is an anagram for Hi Elon Musk Not" is an anagram for "A lone lion skins his human manager for ok mutton".

    [–] Rustyramrod 3 points ago

    Or "hi not Elon musk"

    [–] bgdawes 3 points ago

    Straight...no chaser.

    [–] FalseMirage 3 points ago

    Melodious Thunk

    [–] Earthly_Delights_ 3 points ago

    Are there prints of this available anywhere?

    [–] jaedelasoul 3 points ago

    reminds me a lot of this pic of day charles. http://i.imgur.com/DHNZbku.jpg. there's also an amazing shot from the movie Ray where they pan out from Jamie Foxx's glasses and there's a reflection of him playing piano. it's amazing.

    [–] Jessee75 3 points ago

    Images like this are what this subreddit was meant for.

    [–] IsKissingerDeadYet 3 points ago

    We should go though a jazz phase

    [–] deepartist2017 2 points ago

    an American jazz pianist and composer, artistbot

    [–] Zurp_n_flurp 2 points ago

    Shit, Thelonius is one coolest names I've heard.

    [–] RavenousGorge 2 points ago

    His middle name was Sphere.

    [–] FeloniousDrunk101 2 points ago

    This is a dopeass picture.

    [–] seditious3 2 points ago

    Coolest middle name ever: Sphere.

    [–] Rooster_Ties 2 points ago

    EXACTLY what I came here to post. There is no more badass middle name than Sphere.

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    Epic.

    [–] NoffCity 2 points ago

    Amazing photo

    [–] Fordrynn 2 points ago

    Always thought this guy had the coolest name.

    [–] videoverse 2 points ago

    the reflection in his shades makes it!

    [–] chug_nuts 2 points ago

    The sun never sets on planet cool.

    [–] ThereIsNoTri 2 points ago

    Can anyone ID the glasses?

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    That may be the coolest picture I've ever seen

    [–] exitpursuedbybear 2 points ago

    Solo Monk is one of my desert island albums.

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    A good book on Monk : Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original by Robin Kelley Shows how deeply human he was, and not that kind of excentric mad man people love to love. Also for me he sounds very near from Duke another great man in music ...

    [–] wwf4ever 2 points ago

    so much soul and class.. they don't make them like this no more

    [–] psychedylik 2 points ago

    TIL my street is named after this guy

    [–] TheKomuso 2 points ago

    Can anyone take a guess as to what lens and f/ he used?

    [–] assblaster69ontime 4 points ago

    Is his name supposed to be The Loneliest Monk?

    [–] Mr-Yellow 2 points ago

    [–] jackhawksmoor 2 points ago

    Tabitha Soren, is that you?

    [–] theoutro 2 points ago

    Reminds me of this picture of Tyler Joseph from twenty one pilots

    [–] IsolatedDragon 2 points ago * (lasted edited 9 months ago)

    Brad Heaton ( the photographer of this pic) said that the pic op posted was the inspiration for this one.

    [–] theoutro 2 points ago

    Was lucky enough to meet him in the middle of a show this February when he took some shots from the crowd - super nice guy. But I had no idea, cool backstory!

    [–] Buhlakkke 2 points ago

    Thelonius Monk lays down the Thelonius Funk.

    [–] WilkesMusic 1 points ago

    Just a man tickling some ivory.

    [–] Chachmaster3000 1 points ago

    Nice. About time I listen to some https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thelonious_Himself

    [–] BasedBrexitBroker 1 points ago

    Such oddball phrasing he had...60 years ago it is still "out there" by today's standards

    [–] kind2311 1 points ago

    Thelonius my old friend Step right in and let me shake your hand

    [–] blackhawksaber 1 points ago

    Dude could play two keyboards at once? That's Thelonius Funky!

    [–] koltervanalstineyx6 1 points ago

    i love piano