Thelonious Sphere Monk, III Talks Father Monk's 100th Birthday Plans and Denzel Washington Biopic
With three years to spare before his father's 100th birthday, Thelonious Sphere Monk III is already planning several celebrations. According to a recent interview with the Huffington Post, T.S. Monk, III is coordinating the Monk, Sr. centennial with International Jazz Day:
“We're beginning the preplanning on a lot of different levels, not only with the [Monk] Institute but with myself just representing my father, because it's going to be an international event...This year we've streamed the third annual International Jazz Day to 2.5 billion people. So I know when Thelonious' 100th birthday comes up in three years, the whole entire world is going to be celebrating him the whole year and the International Jazz Day will be bigger than ever.”
Of course, there's already a ton of attention on Thelonious, what with several books on the jazz master recently published. Now, there may be a movie--possibly starring Denzel Washington--in the works. T.S. told Huff Po that not only was Denzel interested, but Bill Duke and Don Cheadle, the team behind the new Miles Davis film, have approached him as well.
“I've also had several people, in fact two people currently, working on Broadway musicals for Thelonious,” said T.S. Monk, III.