I consider Thelonious Monk one of the most important jazz musicians and composers of all time. Yet, I am often surprised that many jazz enthusiasts know little about him. Born at the turn of the last century, his unique improvisational style brought new vigor to jazz piano in the 50s and 60s. His improvisation was not limited to his music. Even his style of playing the piano was unique. In this video, his piano playing defies everything I learned in my rudimentary piano class – hands and fingers crisscross awkwardly to hit keys. Note too that he sitting on a chair rather than the traditional pianist bench. The quintessential iconoclast! Yet, the music that emerges is timeless and one for the ages. It radiates peace and tranquility. This composition is called “Blue Monk.” Enjoy!