Artistic Director:  John Beasley

1st set:           Thelonious Monk’s Afro-Cuban Dream 
       – Adding the clave to Carmen McRae’s “Carmen sings Monk” 
In 1988 Carmen McRae released the album Carmen Sings Monk, a reimagination of some of Monk’s most quintessential songs sung for the first time with lyrics. Thelonious Monk’s Afro-Cuban Dream is a reimaginingof Carmen’s reimagination, featuring the enchanting cantante Dee Dee Bridgewater and some of Latin-Jazz’s most forward-looking musicians.
Adding the clave to Monk are Richie Flores (congas), Manuel Valera (piano), Brian Lynch (trumpet),Conrad Herwig (trombone), Ruben Rodriguez (bass) and Robby Ameen (drums/MD), featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater.
2nd set:         Remixing Monk via MONK’estra

Four multi-genre, musical mavericks renowned for their convention-defying exploits come together live on stage to pay very unique homage to Thelonious Monk via John Beasley’s MONK’estra records.
Bronx-raised turntablist/producer
, half-Japanese keyboardist/producer Mark de Clive-Lowe, new wave-experimental drummer/producer Deantoni Parks, and “a state-of-the-art musical thinker” Steve Lehman will reshape, reimagine and remix Monk’s music, mashing together their respectively eclectic styles, flavors and technology with special Guest artist. Witness Monk reborn for a new generation.