Monk Awarded Posthumous Pulitzer
The 90th annual Pulitzer Prize winners were announced last week and Thelonious Monk was awarded a posthumous Special Citation “for a body of distinguished and innovative musical composition that has had a significant and enduring impact on the evolution of jazz.”
Monk is the first jazz musician and composer to receive the award since Duke Ellington was honored in 1999, the centennial of his birth. In addition to Monk and Ellington, only three other jazz musicians have been awarded the Pulitzer: George Gershwin, Scott Joplin and Wynton Marsalis.
“Thelonious Monk is one of the greatest composers of all time and the leading composer who bridged bebop to modern jazz,” Tom Carter, President of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in Washington, D.C., said. “The Pulitzer Prize fittingly honors an American genius and will ensure that Thelonious Monk and his music reach a wider audience.”