John Beasley's MONK'estra Big Band

John Beasley's MONK'estra Big Band

John Beasley's

MONK'estra Big Band

Thursday, August 22, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

John Beasley´s MONK´estra Big Band

John Beasley's MONK'estra Big Band

John Beasley's

MONK'estra Big Band

Thursday, August 22, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

John Beasley

John Beasley's MONK'estra Big Band

John Beasley's

MONK'estra Big Band

Thursday, August 22, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

John Beasley´s MONK´estra Big Band

John Beasley's MONK'estra Big Band

Beasley, a far-ranging pianist and arranger who’s worked with Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Queen Latifah and Steely Dan, leads a smashing new 16-piece big band 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 hip-hop, Afro-Cuban rhythms and atmospheric colors.

Artist Personnel

John Beasley conductor/arranger
     piano, synthesizers
Bob Sheppard saxophone
Jeff Driskill saxophone
Justo Almario saxophone
Tom Luer saxophone
Tommy Peterson saxophone
Bijon Watson trumpet
Jamie Horvaka trumpet
Brian Swartz trumpet
Gabriel Johnson trumpet
Francisco Torres trombone
Wendell Kelly trombone
Andy Martin trombone
Steve Hughes trombone
Ben Williams bass
Ronald Bruner Jr. drums

Artist Website

"Some of the most mesmerizing big band music of recent memory. " — Don Heckman, International Review of Music
"John Beasley is one of the best pianists and improvisers on the jazz scene today. Beasley is a master musician, with total command of the jazz language, and his playing is always intense in both emotion and technique. " — All About Jazz
"...incorporating the emphatic chordal clusters of Herbie Hancock, the rhythmic quirkiness of Monk and the lush intelligence of Art Tatum into a highly refined personal voice. " — Los Angeles Times