Monk Speaks…..

Make the Drummer Sound Good!

Discrimination is important.

You’ve Got to Dig it to Dig it, You Dig?

Let’s Lift up the Bandstand.

I want to avoid Hecklers!

Don’t play the piano part, I’m playing that. Don’t listen to me., I’m supposed to be accompanying you.

The Inside of the tune, The bridge is the part that makes the outside sound good.

Don’t play everything(or every time) Let some things go by. Some music just imagined. What you don’t play can be more important than what you do play.

A note can be as small as a pin, or as big as the world, it depends on your imagination.

Stay in shape! Sometimes a musician waits for a gig, and when it comes, he’s out of shape and can’t make it.

When you’re swinging, swing some more!

Always leave them wanting more!

Don’t sound anyone for a gig, Just be on the scene.

Those pieces were written so as to have something to play, and to get cats interested enough to come to rehearsal.

You’ve got it! If you don’t want to play, tell a joke or dance, but in any case, You Got It! ( To a drummer, who didn’t want to solo)

Whatever you think can’t be done,somebody will come along and do it.

A Genius is the one most like himself.

They tried to get me to hate white people, but someone would always come along and spoil it.

These are all quotes from Thelonius Monk.  One of the Great Greats!

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