There’s never been a sound or a persona quite like Thelonious Sphere Monk’s. This short biography at the Monk Zone strips away a lot of the mystique. Monk, according to this version, was a family man and a savvy veteran of the New York City jazz scene. The stories of his excessive eccentricities were inventions of the press. Perhaps, perhaps not. PBS offers more information and links.
Monk was interesting to look at as well as to listen too. Perhaps that’s the reason there are great videos available of him. Here are three: Straight, No Chaser, ‘Round Midnight and Epistrophy. I find Nutty, which I believe is a bit lesser known, easier to understand.