Monk + MONK’estra, a cinematic concert experience
Description: Experience Thelonious Monk’s timeless music in a unique cinematic-concert performance featuring multi-GRAMMY© nominated John Beasley’s big band MONK’estra, rare film footage of Monk, and spoken word performance of Monk’s philosophy of life and music.
Co-produced and written with filmmaker Stefan Forbes and John Beasley featuring rare footage from Michael Blackwood’s films “Monk” and “Monk in Europe”.
“Monk + MONK’estra” will feature the indomitable creative jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater and debut at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, on Friday, March 9, 2018.
BAND – Conductor/Arranger/Piano: John Beasley
Trumpets: Bijon Watson, Jamie Hovorka, James Ford, Brian Swartz
Trombones: Ryan Dragon, Francisco Torres, Wendell Kelly
Woodwinds: Danny Janklow, Tom Luer, Tommy Peterson, Adam Schroeder, Kristen Edkins
Bass: Ben Shepherd
Drums: Terreon Gully