Sir: An exciting portrait of Master Jazzman Thelonious Monk [Feb. 28]. Mr. Monk deserves more than a narrow cult of followers. Although his musical explorations are personal and uncompromising, their emotional appeal is broad and basic. Anyone witnessing a performance by his group will realize that Monk's dramatic "stage presence" is vital to the dignity, humor and discipline of his music.
E. T. SHINEMAN Cornell University Ithaca, N.Y.
Sir: Even though we are aware of Mr. Monk's music, and his daughter attends our boarding school, we didn't have too much knowledge of his...