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John Beasley MONK'estra Septet
Beasley downsized his killer contemporary big-band arrangements
to work the music with seven top players:

MONK’estra 7tet

James Genus (bass)
Terreon Gully (drums)
Greg Tardy + Erena Terakubo (sax + clarinet)
James Burton (trombone)
Bijon Watson (trumpet)
John Beasley (Conductor/Arranger, Pianist)

Beasley takes Monk’s sturdy tunes on a joyride for MONK’estra. –New Yorker

Keeping the spirit of Thelonious Monk’s singular music, Beasley pays loving tribute to Monk's music while infusing it with contemporary harmonies, unstoppable grooves, and a contagious sense of fun.

Beasley—a far-ranging pianist, composer, and arranger who has performed with Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Dianne Reeves, Steely Dan, Marcus Miller, Christian McBride —is easily one of the most versatile musicians in jazz. He leads a sparkling career as a bandleader, a first-call keyboardist, composer and arranger for bands and film and television projects. He is the Music Director for the Thelonious Monk Institute, International Jazz Day concerts. In 2016, he earned an Emmy nomination for Jazz at the White House Best Musical Direction on ABC TV.