On October 10th, 1917, one of the craziest pianists ever was born. Thelonious Monk was developing his quirky take on stride piano around the time bebop was born in the 1940s. Monk's unique style outlasted bebop in a way, and to this day his music is mined for its strange secrets.
Art Blakey was born on October 11th, 1919. He's best known for both deepening the groove in jazz, and for leading the Jazz Messengers, the model for the jazz supergroup.
Happy birthdays, gentlemen.
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