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Frost Music Live! Presents
John Beasley’s MONK’estra—Frost Concert Jazz Band
Sponsored by Canon Solutions America
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 7:30PM

UM Gusman Concert Hall
1314 Miller Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146


Frost Concert Jazz Band
John Beasley, guest arranger and conductor

John Daversa, director

Pianist, composer, and arranger John Beasley reimagines the music of Thelonious Monk with humor and daring in this collaborative large-ensemble project, MONK’estra, which vividly conjures Monk’s spirit with an irresistible mix of contemporary sounds, a New-Orleans bounce, a dash of Afro-Cuban grooves, and some hip-hop swagger. The Financial Times described the music as hip-hop merges with swing and sensuous Ellingtonia sits on a sparse contemporary pulse with the New Yorker adding that “Beasley takes Monk’s sturdy tunes on a joyride for MONK’estra.”

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