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T.S. Monk was drawn to the drums by 10, and his mentor Max Roach gave him his first drum set. He joined his father's trio and toured, until the elder Monk's retirement in 1975. T.S. switched to R&B and toured with Natural Essence. With his sister Barbara, he formed the band that had hits on two recordings, House Of Music and More Of The Good Life, where he played drums, arranged, and sang. Shortly after, his father passed away, his sister died of cancer. To honor his father's rich legacy and support the efforts of music education, he turned his attention to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. As Chairman, he helped create programs from sponsoring music education for students in the form of full scholarships to funding and supporting after-school athletic programs. The Institute's activities reach across international borders and celebrated its 20th anniversary with a special “In Performance at the White House” on PBS. In 1992, he formed his jazz sextet and received raves from the moment they hit the stage and the studio. For the 80th Anniversary Birthday Tribute "Monk on Monk", the sextet was the core of the 11-musician show with Grammy Award-winning producer Don Sickler on trumpet. The duo carved an innovative and dynamic approach to crafting the T. S. Monk Sextet sound that soars and sizzles. They recorded with 20 artists including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Arturo Sandoval, Dianne Reeves, Nnenna Freelon and Howard Johnson. For two seasons on ABC, jazz returned to network TV, after a 25-year absence. Nissan and The Thelonious Monk Institute sponsored an historic assemblage of artists for 'A Celebration Of America's Music' hosted by Bill Cosby, featuring Natalie Cole, Jon Secada, Tony Bennett, K.D. Lang, and Thelonious performing his father's 'Round Midnight, with Hancock, Metheny, and Freelon. READ MORE