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The New Monk Reimagined by Pianist John Beasley and His Big Band at Jazz Standard

Jazz Standard

116 East Twenty-Seventh Street New York, NY 10016

Pianist/arranger John Beasley has had miles of history with jazz’s greats—one of Miles Davis’s last touring bands and a member of Freddie Hubbard’s quintet. Add to that his gig as music director of Jazz Day galas for the Thelonious Monk Institute. That’s the operative word here—Monk—when it comes to Beasley’s latest project: exploring the music of the iconic pianist with his 15-piece MONK’estra big band, reimagining the music in what one hopes is the idiosyncratic, spirited way Monk would have liked. Beasley makes his big band debut on Mack Avenue with John Beasley presents MONK’estra volume 1 and celebrates the “new” music thay have created with a four-night run at Jazz Standard. Long lives Monk is Beasley’s credo. Amen. Joining him are:

A secret vocals guest Thursday, August 17
Special guest Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20: violinist Regina Carter

Woodwinds—Bob Sheppard, Oliver Santana, Bob Malach, Adam Kolker, Dave Rickenberg
Trumpets—Bijon Watson, Shawn Edmonds, Scott Wendholt, Brian Lynch
Trombones—Conrad Herwig, Frank Lacy, Ryan Dragon
Bass—James Genus
Drums—Terreon Gully

Dan Ouellette


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