Rob Mariani posted this interesting article to allaboutjazz.com about seeing Thelonious Monk perform in New York:
"Theolonius Sphere Monk - some legends say he’d added that middle name himself back in the '40's when he was first coming up in bebop, reportedly "to show that he wasn’t square" - as if anyone with ears could possibly mistake his music for anything but music from another very hip planet. Theolonius was back playing again at the Five Spot Cafe."
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