Monk’s Advice

Here’s some New Year Resolution fodder from Thelonious Monk via Steve Lacy.

Monk's advice

Thanks to James Keepnews for sharing.

And here’s a shot of Monk’s iconic hat I took on a recent visit to the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

Thelonious Monk's Hat at the Smithsonian Museum of American History

Thelonious Monk's Hat at the Smithsonian Museum of American History

When It’s Bleepy-time Down South

The New York Times has an interesting piece on Louis Armstrong’s strong reaction to the Little Rock, Arkansas desegregation saga. My favorite part is when Louis addresses President Eisenhower as “Daddy” in an appreciative telegram. If only Armstrong and Mingus had gotten together on Fables of Faubus.