52nd Street Theme

52nd Street Theme ( also Fifty Second Street Theme) is a jazz tracks from Thelonious Monk in 1944, who became a jazz standard.


The pianist Thelonious Monk wrote 52nd Street Theme in 1944 and left his copyright under the title Nameless Enter. Leonard Feather beat him then the final title before, under which it was known and refers to the popular in the 1940s jazz clubs of the 52nd Street in Manhattan. A first recording was made on February 22, 1946; because the piece from a septet to Dizzy Gillespie was taken. Monk himself never received the title under his own name. The thematic motif of 52nd Street Theme which includes 32 bars and has the AABA song form, based on the harmonies of I Got Rhythm in the A- parts and the chords of Honeysuckle Rose in the B section. According to Linda Dahl, the composition is strongly influenced by Mary Lou Williams ' Title Scorpio influences, especially in the bass line.

More recordings and editing

Charlie Parker ( as in Bird at St. Nick 's, The Bird Returns, Jazz at Massey Hall and at the Festival International 1949 de Jazz ) used, Miles Davis and other musicians the subject of 52nd Street Theme, if they have a set ended on the stage. More studio recordings date from Kenny Clarke / Fats Navarro (Swing, 1946) and in Europe for the first time in 1949 by Ronnie Scott Boptet.

At a popular jazz standard of the title was in the 1950s and 1960s through recordings of Toshiko Akiyoshi, Clifford Brown, Donald Byrd, Hank Mobley, Oscar Peterson (The Oscar Peterson Trio at the Stratford Shakepearean Festival), Bud Powell ( The Amazing Bud Powell) and Sonny Rollins. In later years, Ehud Asherie, Paul Bley, Bill Cunliffe, Tommy Flanagan, Terry Gibbs, Barry Harris, Roger Kellaway, Joe Lovano, Greg Osby and Archie Shepp took him. The disco Count Tom Lord lists 106 versions of the title.