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Thelonious Monk, New York City, 1962


Bebop founder and immaculately hip sartorial icon Thelonious Monk was revered for his complex improvisations as well as his indelible compositions, including pieces like Blue Monk and Round Midnight which have become cornerstones of the standard jazz repertoire of the 20th century. His idiosyncratic persona--crisp knife-sharp suits, pork-pie hats, sunglasses-at-night--provided the perfect visual analog to his musical syncopation, percussive improv and judicious use of rests, pauses and dramatic silence in his music. Don Hunstein's iconic portrait of Monk at the keys--his right hand a blur of inspiration, his left a calm fundamental rock--captures the complexity and paradox of Monk and his music in a photographic silhouette, the absence of concrete detail conveying a multiplicity of soul and information.

Photograph printed from the original film or digital file.
Hand-Signed/Estate Stamped by the Photographer or Estate.
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Thelonious Monk, New York City, 1962 - Morrison Hotel Gallery
  • Jazz
  • Thelonious Monk
  • Don Hunstein