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MONK, Thelonious.

Signed halftone image of Monk in performance at the Open Door.

[New York: Bob Parent, 1953] Stock Code: 136660
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Dynamic image of the great pianist-composer, signed across his hands and keyboard, "Thelonious Monk". This is taken from Bob Parent's famous photograph of Monk, Mingus, Roy Haynes and Bird performing at the Open Door in 1953. The New York Times ran a piece on the image in March 2019 under the heading "Is This the Greatest Photo in Jazz History?": "A friend gave Bob Parent a tip: be at the Open Door on West 3rd Street on Sunday. Mr. Parent, a photographer with a knack for showing up at the right time and place, didn't need much encouragement. He arrived at the jazz club early in the evening of Sept. 13, 1953. It was unseasonably cool for late summer... The show that night was billed as the Thelonious Monk Trio. Monk, 35, was already a prolific composer and piano innovator, yet it would take a decade for his brilliance to be fully appreciated by mainstream America. The trio was rounded out by Charles Mingus, 31, on standup bass and the youngster Roy Haynes, a 28-year-old hotshot drummer everyone called 'Snap Crackle'... With Monk, Mingus and Haynes, he had certainly booked a top-shelf trio, reason enough to make the trip downtown. The word on the street that afternoon and what a savvy Bob Parent already knew was that there was a good chance Charlie Parker would sit in with the trio" (8 March 2019, retrieved 19 November 19).

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Image 140 x 110 mm, mounted, framed and glazed, overall 270 x 240 mm.


In excellent condition.


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