Thelonious Monk N.C. Highway Marker Unveiling


This Friday May 4 in Rocky Mount, NC I’m proud to take part in a couple of ceremonies to unveil a North Carolina Historical Highway Marker in honor of Thelonious Monk’s birthplace and childhood home.  HERE is a piece about the events from Rocky Mount’s Chamber of Commerce and HERE is a piece from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

Also, HERE is my 2007 piece in Oxford American about Monk’s return to North Carolina late in his career.

-Sam Stephenson


  1. Larry Reni Thomas Said,

    May 1, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

    Viva the Carolina Jazz Connection! I just completed an audio documentary of Monk’s only visit to perform in NC, at the Frog and Nightgown. It will be ready for the public soon!

  2. david wilson Said,

    May 3, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    I was driving down on 11th Ave in New York City last weekend in the old San Juan Hill section and came upon “Thelonious Monk Way” for one of the side streets in the W. 50′s. Way to go New York!