Thelonious Sphere Monk was an American jazz pianist and composer considered one of the giants of American music.

Thelonious Sphere Monk was an American jazz pianist and composer considered one of the giants of American music.

New York, 1975. Thelonious Monk performing at the Newport Jazz Festival (better known as the JVC Jazz Festival since 1984). ☚

New York, 1975. Thelonious Monk performing at the Newport Jazz Festival (better known as the JVC Jazz Festival since 1984). ☚

Legendary photographer Herman Leonard captured rare moments of jazz icons, like this stunning portrait of Charlie Parker at work. See more at BrainPickings.org

Rare Photos of Jazz Icons by Herman Leonard

Legendary photographer Herman Leonard captured rare moments of jazz icons, like this stunning portrait of Charlie Parker at work. See more at BrainPickings.org

Django Reinhardt :: French postcard by Editions P.I., Paris, no. 63. Photo: Ch. Vandamme/Les Mirages. :: Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt (1910 - 1953) was one of the first prominent European jazz musicians. His fret hand was severely burned and disfigured and caused his unique style of playing. He performed with such greats as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and also had his own band, the Quintette du Hot Club de France, which he had cofounded with violinist Stéphane Grappelli.

Django Reinhardt :: French postcard by Editions P.I., Paris, no. 63. Photo: Ch. Vandamme/Les Mirages. :: Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt (1910 - 1953) was one of the first prominent European jazz musicians. His fret hand was severely burned and disfigured and caused his unique style of playing. He performed with such greats as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and also had his own band, the Quintette du Hot Club de France, which he had cofounded with violinist Stéphane Grappelli.

Jimmy Smith - master of the Hammond B3 organ. [Watch & Listen to Jimmy Smith performing “Walk on the Wild Side”]

Jimmy Smith - master of the Hammond B3 organ. [Watch & Listen to Jimmy Smith performing “Walk on the Wild Side”]

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