Thelonious “Sphere” Monk was born in 1917, the middle child of Barbara and Thelonious Sr. They lived in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, but would soon move the family to New York City where Monk would later go on to establish himself as one of the all-time greatest jazz musicians.
Perhaps bossa nova’s most popular song is “The Girl from Ipanema” (or “Garota de Ipanema”). The music was composed by Tom Jobim and the lyrics were written by Vinicius de Moraes in 1962. Norman Gimbel wrote the lyrics of the English version. It was recorded in 1964 by Jobim with tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, vocalist and guitarist João Gilberto, and vocalist Astrud Gilberto. The “Getz/Giberto” album has the duet of João’s Portuguese and Astrud’s English versions. However, the song’s single release contains only the latter. The album was a worldwide success earning multiple Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year in 1965.
Jazz piano legend Joe Zawinul was a composer, performer, electronic keyboard innovator, and band co-leader who left his enduring mark on music through the songs he wrote and in collaborations with the likes of Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin, Jaco Pastorius and “Cannonball” Adderley.
In addition to piano, Joplin also played the cornet, mandolin, and was a noted singer. His early performances were with traveling brass ensembles and vocal groups. But composition was his main focus, and Joplin became arguably the most famous creator of Ragtime music, earning the name, “The King of Ragtime.”
Music was always "my way of saying who I was and how I felt," said Rogers. "It was very natural for me to become a composer. And having written all of the music for The Neighborhood, I feel as if that's one of my gifts to children. ‘Here is a way, that doesn't hurt you or anybody else, to say who you are and how you feel.’"