MONK'estra, a 17-piece jazz big-band like u have never heard

  • March 11, 2013 · 8:00 PM

A new exciting big band. Veteran Jazz Critic wrote in concert reveiw: "some of the most mesmerizing big band music –individually and collectively– of recent memory." Don Heckman, International Review of Music

MONK’estra, a BIG modern jazz BAND
John Beasley, Conductor/Arranger

MONK’estra celebrates the genius of Monk’s compositions with a contemporary twist incorporating Afro-Cuban rhythms, modern jazz playing, Hip Hop and
traditional big band instrumentation.

MONK’estra musicians
SAX: Bob Sheppard, Jeff Driskill, Justo Almario, Tom Luer, Tommy Peterson
TRUMPET: Bijon Watson, Jamie Hovorka, Ray Monteiro, Brian Swartz, Gabe Johnson
TROMBONE: Francisco Torres, Wendell Kelly, Andy Martin, Steve Hughes
BASS: Rickey Minor
DRUMS: Tony Austin

Monday, March 11 | 8pm + 9:30pm | $15

Typhoon Jazz @ Santa Monica Airport
Typhoon, 3221 Donald Douglas Loop South
**Reservations Suggested**


Concert Reviews of MONK’estra:
Beasley’s envelope-stretching arrangements, his extraordinary orchestrating abilities, imaginative soloing from players: a net result of some of the most mesmerizing big band music –individually and collectively– of recent memory. Don Heckman, International Review of Music

Five Stars: Spectacular! The ultra-hip, ultra-cool, ultra-swinging John Beasley’s MONK’estra rocked the house at Vitellos.’ Supersize figure in the jazz music world, Beasley led a dazzling assemblage of players. – Cynthia Lum,

Beasley is a real genius. His imaginative, modern arrangements are artistic charts colored outside the lines of traditional big band music arrangements. – Paul Edelstein, Sounds of Timeless Jazz

John Beasley is one of the best pianists and improvisers on the jazz scene today.
He 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

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