'Round Midnight

Credit: William P. Gottlieb

A romantic ballad launched one career, revived another, and became a beloved standard for generations of musicians. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on Thelonious Monk's " ‘Round Midnight." The work was recorded first in 1944—but not by Monk.


Thelonious Sphere Monk left a huge footprint in the world of jazz, so we’ve decided that just one day to commemorate a Monk milestone was not enough. Monk’s 100th birthday was October 10th, and we're embarking on a year-long celebration with a different song each night at midnight, either performed by Monk or a Monk standard performed by another artist.