NPR profiles my personal favorite jazz pianist Thelonious Monk:
Monk was almost as well-known for his unpredictable behavior as for his unique musical techniques. He would get up from the piano and dance around the bandstand, and was often labeled as aloof, eccentric and weird. Even Monk’s son, drummer T.S. Monk, described his father as an “unusual guy.” Critics dismissed Monk, and even ridiculed him, but he persevered despite the bad press.
I am loving NPR for providing listeners with such wonderful programs like this one.
By the way, If Monks was still alive, he would by 90 today.