Wynton Marsalis on Thelonious Monk, Moving to Higher Ground, 2008:
He had a quirky personality. His son gave me a money clip Monk carried. He told me that Thelonious would keep a thousand-dollar bill in it and when anybody asked him for money, he would pull it out and say, “Can you change this thousand?” That’s how he looked at things—from the opposite side.
Somebody would ask him, “What’s happening, Monk?”
“Everything is happening all the time, man.”