MONK’estra – my new BIG BAND



a BIG modern jazz BAND

John Beasley, Conductor/Arranger


Blue Whale, Weds, January 23+30

Vitello’s Jazz – Wed, February 20


MONK’estra celebrates Monk and other classic compositions, with a contemporary twist incorporating Afro-Cuban rhythms, modern jazz playing, Hip Hop and traditional big band instrumentation, along with originals by Beasley.






Bob Sheppard, Jeff Driskill, Justo Almario, Tom Luer, Tommy Peterson



Bijon Watson, Willie Murillo, Ray Monterio, Brian Swartz, Gabe Johnson



Bill Reichenbach, Francisco Torres, Wendell Kelly, Andy Martin, Ryan Dragon


Rickey Minor



Ronald Bruner Jr.



Guest Artists



Wednesdays, Jan 23 and Jan 30 | 9pm + 10:30pm | $20

Blue Whale123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St, Ste 301, LA, 90012, 213-620-0908


Wednesday, February 20 | 8-11:30pm | $20

Vitello’s Jazz 4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, 91604, 818.769.0905


7 thoughts on “MONK’estra – my new BIG BAND”

  1. Ronald is a killer drummer, love this whole project , BiG Bands are so much a key to jazz culture. Thelonius must be overjoyed saying………. Listen thas my music….wherever he is.

    1. Thanks Rod. I’ve been talking to Monk’s son T.S. I’m doing two radio shows Saturday Oct 10 SiriusXM Real Jazz and Wed Oct 14 KJAZZ to mark Monk’s 103rd. Come hear what T.S. has to say about MONK’estra. Check my calendar. Thank you.

    1. Really appreciate your note Andrew. It’s so nice to hear people still listen to radio. Thank you for your compliment.

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