SunGate, Krantz Media Link for Thelonious Monk Program

Jazz icon plays his way into licensing with new representation deal.
License Global

July 25, 2019

SunGate, Krantz Media Link for Thelonious Monk Program

SunGate Partners and Krantz Media Group have joined forces to represent the Thelonious Monk estate across apparel, fashion accessories and more.

The comprehensive range will span apparel, fashion accessories, watches, eyewear, musical instruments and alcoholic spirits as well as music event experiences and content projects in the audio, podcast and television categories.

“Thelonious Monk was recognized not only as a musical genius but a man of great style and taste,” says David Graff, president, SunGate Partners. “‘Round Midnight’ is Monk’s quintessential piece and is the most-recorded jazz composition of all time. Monk also had a flair for the dramatic with a fashion style that people all over the world continue to admire and copy. This makes his brand an ideal candidate for a broad range of product categories including apparel, fashion accessories, alcoholic spirits and musical instruments.”

Monk was known for his musical compositions and for his distinctive look across suits, shoes, hats,

and sunglasses.

“We are pleased to partner with SunGate Partners and KMG to help us introduce the Thelonious Monk brand to a new generation of consumers,” says Thelonious Sphere "T. S." Monk III, the pianist’s son and renowned jazz drummer, composer and bandleader. “With SunGate and KMG, we have the right combination of music industry knowledge and product licensing experience to introduce the Thelonious Monk brand to a broad range of fans and consumers.”

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