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Monk!: Thelonious, Pannonica, and the Friendship Behind a Musical Revolution by Youssef Daoudi

Many people have heard of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and other greats of 1940s jazz. But not enough attention and credit is given to Thelonious Monk, the pianist whose unique improvisational style gave rise to this new style of jazz music. And even fewer people know about Pannonica de Koenigswarter, a baroness whose love of jazz inspired her to use her wealth and position to support Monk and other jazz musicians who were down on their luck. Their friendship led to some of the greatest jazz music ever written.

This biographical graphic novel follows the lives of Monk and Pannonica as they overcame adversity in order to follow their own paths. Recommended for readers in high school and up who love jazz and biographies of musicians.

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