All-star Interpretation of Thelonious Monk!
“Beasley has taken all the Monk compositions and rendered them new without reducing their Monkishness one iota. The result is thrilling! — State of the art jazz that never gets bogged down by art…” —All About Jazz
GRAMMY®- and Emmy-nominated recording artist John Beasley leads a smashing Septet called MONK’estra. The feel and sound of MONK’estra captures the spirit of Thelonious Monk’s singular style with its off-beat melodies, humor, strange beauty and unbounded swing in fresh arrangements flavored with hints of New Orleans, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban, contemporary and atmospheric rhythms and colors.
Beasley is a far-ranging pianist, composer, and arranger who has performed with Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Dianne Reeves, Steely Dan, Marcus Miller, Christian McBride. John is easily one of the most versatile musicians in jazz. He leads a sparkling career as a bandleader, a first-call keyboardist, composer and arranger for bands and film and television projects. John Beasley earned an Emmy nomination for “Jazz at the White House” for Best Musical Direction on ABC TV.
Beasley will take you on a joyride with MONK’estra! –New Yorker
- John Beasleyconductor, arranger, pianist
- Gene Coyedrums
- Ben Shepherdbass
- Keith Fiddmontsaxophone
- Tom Luersaxophone
- James Fordtrumpet
- Francisco Torrestrombone