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18th Annual Thelonious Monk Jazz Festival

Thelonious Monk was an American jazz pianist and composer born in Rocky Mount, NC. Monk was renowned for his distinctive styles in suits, hats and sunglasses, as well as his unorthodox approach to the piano. Monk was the second most recorded jazz composer next to Duke Ellington, and one of only five jazz musicians to ever be featured in Time magazine. The Twin Counties Young Professional group and the Rocky Mount/Edgecombe Community Development Corporation have an eventful two days planned to celebrate this legend.

Friday October 6th:

To kick off the birthday celebration the Young Professionals group will host a cocktail party with live music at the Imperial Centre from 7pm – 11pm. Cost per person is $30.00. Cocktail attire is preferred. There will be catering from locals as well as live performances.

Saturday October 7th:

2pm – 3:30pm: Thelonious Monk Marker Dedication Ceremony
920 S. Washington Street

4pm – 6pm: Documentary Presentations
Booker T. Theatre 170 E. Thomas St

6pm – 8pm: Monk Celebration at The Mills with Live Entertainment by pianist Ernest Turner
1151 Falls Road

7pm – 10pm: Monk Birthday Celebration on the Historic Douglas Block

Live Entertainment provided by John Brown Band and Rhythm Express Band.

All Events are FREE to the public.