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  • John Beasley's "MONK+MONK'estra," A Cinematic Concert To Premiere at Walt Disney Concert Hall
  • Feb. 14, 2018
  • John Beasley's "MONK+MONK'estra," A Cinematic Concert

    To Premiere at Walt Disney Concert Hall


    Plus Geri Allen's Erroll Garner Project: Concert by the Sea


    Friday, March 9, 2018, at 8 PM




    The world premiere of John Beasley's MONK+MONK'estra, a unique cinematic concert performance featuring multi-Grammy®-nominated big band MONK'estra, rare film footage of Thelonious Monk, and brilliant vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, will take place on Friday, March 9, at Walt Disney Concert Hall.


    Versatile pianist-composer and visionary arranger John Beasley realized a long-held dream by creating MONK'estra, a 15-piece jazz big band presenting an inventive rethinking of the legendary 20th-century composer Thelonious Monk's classic compositions. Now, Beasley will realize another dream with the debut of MONK+MONK'estra, a concert experience that brings Monk to "perform" on stage through rare footage of the musician captured in 1968 by documentary filmmakers Blackwood Productions. The concert will showcase MONK'estra's 21st-century arrangements featuring the legendary pianist's solos, and some tunes accompanied by Grammy®-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater.


    Beasley has earned four Grammy® nominations for MONK'estra Vol. 1 (2016) and MONK'estra Vol. 2 (2017), both released on Mack Avenue Records. Since the first album, Beasley has performed this music with a collective of artists in concert halls, clubs, and festivals spanning the United States and Europe, to wide critical acclaim.


    Opening the evening will be an homage to one of the most popular albums in jazz history, pianist Erroll Garner's Concert by the Sea - a passion project of the late Geri Allen. Some of today's most exciting jazz pianists - Gerald Clayton, Helen Sung and Christian Sands - along with an all-star rhythm section of Victor Lewis, Russell Malone and Darek Oles, reimagine such classics as "April in Paris," "They Can't Take That Away from Me," "Autumn Leaves" and many more.


    The LA Phil has also partnered with Leimert Park Village Book Fair to pay homage to Thelonious Monk. A pre-concert Jazz Book Pop-Up Lounge will take place in BP Hall starting at 7 PM, featuring a special display of jazz books and related memorabilia, and a complimentary drink in honor of Monk's 1951 classic "Straight, No Chaser."




    John Beasley's MONK+MONK'estra

    Dee Dee Bridgewater, special guest


    Erroll Garner's Concert by the Sea

    Gerald Clayton, piano

    Christian Sands, piano

    Helen Sung, piano

    Victor Lewis, drums

    Russell Malone, guitar

    Darek Oles, bass


    For full artist biographies, please visit




    Friday, March 9, 2018, at 8:00 PM





    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles




    Tickets are available for purchase at, in person at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, or by phone at 323.850.2000.

  • Contact:


    Sophie Jefferies, 213.972.3422,
    Lydia Fong, 213.972.3689,