John Beasley Music

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    ‘’MONK’estra, Vol. 1 is a masterpiece that uniquely defies conventional interpretations of Monk’s music. The recording deftly indicates John Beasley’s virtuosity as a re- arranger of the groove-centric, swinging, contemporary harmonies that emanated from Monk’s jazz.” 

    –Sounds Of Timeless Jazz

    “John Beasley’s MONK’estra Reinvents Thelonious Monk for the 21st Century”

    LA Weekly


    Thelonious Monk is a Mount Rushmore figure in the creation of modern jazz. As the centennial of his birth rapidly approaches, Beasley—pianist, conductor and arranger—has grappled with the complex composer’s legacy with his versatile big band riffing on the wit and unmistakable architecture of the Monk songbook with irrepressible energy and swinging abandon on MONK’estra, Volume 1


    John Beasley – Piano

    Gary Burton – Vibes

    Ryan Dragon – Trombone

    Terreon Gully – Drums

    Danny Janklow – Alto Saxophone

    Gabriel Johnson – Trumpet

    Tom Luer – Tenor Saxophone

    Grégoire Maret – Harmonica

    Gary Novak – Drums

    Tom Peterson – Bass Clarinet

    Bob Sheppard – Alto & Soprano Saxophone

    Brian Swartz – Trumpet

    Francisco Torres – Trombone

    Bijon Watson – Trumpet