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Thelonious Sphere Monk (October 10, 1917 ï¿½?? February 17, 1982) was a jazz pianist and composer. 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. I have a question for those that have seen the movie regarding the timing on the closing shot issue. Timing-wise, how much later was ship capsizing versus the Coney Island trip? I know the explosions during the party occurred sometime after, but I wonder if the item from space was followed soon thereafter by the capsizing. Even if it wasn’t instantaneous it could be assumed there might be a delay between that event and the capsizing. So, it may not be a sequel set-up; rather additional exposition as to how it began. Of course, if it came from space there is certainly room for a sequel anyway. Little is known about Monk’s early life. He was born on October 10, 1917 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, the son of Thelonious and Barbara Monk, two years after a sister named Marian. A younger brother, Thomas, was born a couple of years later. Monk started playing the piano at the age of nine; although he had some formal training and eavesdropped on his sister’s piano lessons, he was essentially self-taught. In 1922, the family moved to Manhattan, living at 243 West 63rd St. Monk attended Stuyvesant High School, but did not graduate. He briefly toured with an evangelist in his teens, playing the church organ, and in his late teens he began to find work playing jazz. Monk is believed to be the pianist featured on recordings Jerry Newman made around 1941 at Minton’s Playhouse, the legendary Manhattan club where Monk was the house pianist. Monk’s style at the time was described as “hard-swinging,” with the addition of runs in the style of Art Tatum. Monk’s stated influences include Duke Ellington, James P. Johnson, and other early stride pianists. Monk’s unique piano style was largely perfected during his stint as the house pianist at Minton’s in the early-to-mid 1940s, when he participated in the famous after-hours “cutting competitions” that featured most of the leading jazz soloists of the day. The Minton’s scene was crucial in the formulation of the bebop genre and it brought Monk into close contact and collaboration with other leading exponents of bebop including Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Christian, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, and Milt Jackson.