African Americans on Postage Stamps

Thelonious Monk

Jazz Composer and Pianist

32-cent Thelonious Monk stamp
The Thelonious Monk stamp was issued September 16, 1995.

A brilliantly unorthodox pianist and composer, Thelonious Monk was studied by musicians years before he was accepted by the public. His audacious use of dissonant chords and haunting melodies was unprecedented. His most famous composition is “’Round Midnight.”

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