Thelonious Monk was an American jazz pianist and composer born here in Rocky Mount, NC. Monk was renowned for his distinctive styles in suits, hats and sunglasses, as well as his unorthodox approach to the piano. Monk was the second most recorded jazz composer next to Duke Ellington, and one of only five jazz musicians to ever be featured in Time magazine.
The Twin Counties Young Professional group and the Rocky Mount/Edgecombe Community Development Corporation have an eventful two days planned to celebrate this legend.
To kick off the birthday celebration the Young Professionals group will host a cocktail party with live music at the Imperial Centre from 7pm – 11pm. Cost per person is $30.00. Cocktail attire is preferred. There will be catering from locals as well as live performances.
2pm – 3:30pm: Thelonious Monk Marker Dedication Ceremony
920 S. Washington Street
4pm – 6pm: Documentary Presentations
Booker T. Theatre 170 E. Thomas St
6pm – 8pm: Monk Celebration at The Mills with Live Entertainment by pianist Ernest Turner
1151 Falls Road
7pm – 10pm: Monk Birthday Celebration on the Historic Douglas Block
Live Entertainment provided by John Brown Band and Rhythm Express Band.
All Events are FREE to the public.