Which he would have been Saturday. In commemoration, NPR had one of its periodic "Listening Party" discussions, with Epostrophy, a version where Milt Jackson plays the vibes, as the subject. I thought this comment on the interchange between Bags and Monk was insightful:
"It's sort of like seeing two people at the end of the bar in an intense dialogue. They're compelling because it seems really to mean something to both of them, and you kind of want to know what they're talking about."
Personally, I often feel like I'm eavesdropping when I listen to Monk. I'm just glad he invited us to do it.