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JOHN BEASLEY presents MONK’estra

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Grammy-nominated musician John Beasley presents MONK’estra album, a smashing 15-piece big band project that captures the spirit of Thelonious Monk’s singular music – the off-beat melodies and humor, strange beauty and unbounded swing – in fresh arrangements flavored with New Orleans spirit, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban rhythms and atmospheric colors. Veteran jazz critic Don Heckman described hearing the project MONK’estra as “some of the most mesmerizing big band music of recent memory.” Beasley, a far-ranging pianist, composer, and arranger who’s worked with Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Dianne Reeves, and Steely Dan, is easily one of the busiest and most versatile musicians in jazz. He has led a sparkling career that has balanced work as a bandleader, a first-call keyboardist, composer, and arranger for music projects, film and television, along with being Music Director for the Monk Institute. Beasley assembled some of the jazz world’s finest instrumentalists to explore Monk’s music as well as the work of Duke Ellington, Benny Golson and his own adventurous originals. Beasley re-imagines Thelonious Monk’s compositions with an eye to the future; a killer contemporary big band that pays loving tribute to the master’s music while infusing it with contemporary harmonies, unstoppable grooves, and a contagious sense of fun. read more at http://www.jeffcenter.org/monkestra

JOHN BEASLEY presents MONK’estra