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It’s Monk’s Time: John Beasley’s MONK’estra & T.S. Monk Sextet – Tickets – Revolution Hall – Portland, OR – February 25th, 2017

It's Monk's Time: John Beasley's MONK'estra & T.S. Monk Sextet

PDX Jazz Presents

It's Monk's Time: John Beasley's MONK'estra & T.S. Monk Sextet

Sat, February 25, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:15 pm

Tier 1 $59, Tier 2 $49, Tier 3 $39, Tier 4 $29

This event is all ages

This show is Reserved Seating and is Fully Seated

PDX Jazz Members, enter promo code below

It's Monk's Time: John Beasley's MONK'estra & T.S. Monk Sextet
It's Monk's Time: John Beasley's MONK'estra & T.S. Monk Sextet
In celebration of Thelonious Monk's 100th birthday, we are excited to present "It's Monk's Time", a double billed night of music inspired by the legendary pianist and composer.

Grammy® Award-nominated musician and conductor John Beasley presents MONK’estra, a smashing 15-piece big band project that captures the spirit of Thelonious Monk’s singular music – the off-beat melodies and humor, strange beauty and unbounded swing – in fresh arrangements flavored with New Orleans spirit, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban rhythms and atmospheric colors. Beasley, a far-ranging pianist, composer, and arranger who’s worked with Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Dianne Reeves, and Steely Dan, is easily one of the busiest and most versatile musicians in jazz. He has led a sparkling career that has balanced work as a bandleader, a first-call keyboardist, composer, and arranger for music projects, film and television, along with being Music Director for the Monk Institute. Beasley has assembled some of the jazz world’s finest instrumentalists to explore Monk’s music as well as the work of Duke Ellington, Benny Golson and his own adventurous originals. Beasley re-imagines Thelonious Monk’s compositions with an eye to the future; a killer contemporary big band that pays loving tribute to the master’s music while infusing it with contemporary harmonies, unstoppable grooves, and a contagious sense of fun. MONK'estra released its debut album on Mack Avenue Records in August 2016, and has been met with praise from critics and fans alike.

T.S. Monk is the son of Thelonious Monk but is a drummer, composer and bandleader in his own right. T.S. was drawn to the drums before the age of ten, and his destiny was sealed when Max Roach, with whom he studied, gave him his first drum set. Subsequently, young Monk joined his father's trio and toured with his dad until the elder Monk's retirement in 1975, after which T.S. set out on his career. Shortly after his father passed away, T.S. turned his attention toward forming the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. As Chairman, he has been at the forefront of helping to create a number of music education programs and scholarship opportunities. In 1992, T.S. formed his jazz sextet, a group that received accolades from the moment they made their debut, and their cohesive and driving style has been heard at clubs and festivals all over the world. Over the years T.S. has collaborated with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Arturo Sandoval, Dianne Reeves and many other jazz greats. Ultimately, both critics and the public have lauded TS Monk as his father's true musical heir.