John Beasley’s “MONK+MONK’estra,” a cinematic concert • Geri Allen’s Erroll Garner Project: Concert by the Sea

Big band swing meets smooth jazz style in this remarkable interpretation of Thelonious Monk’s timeless sound.

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  • John Beasley presents MONK’estra performer
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater special guest
  • Gerald Clayton pianist
  • Christian Sands pianist
  • Helen Sung pianist
  • Victor Lewis performer
  • Russell Malone performer
  • Darek Oles performer

About This Performance

Experience Thelonious Monk’s timeless music in a unique cinematic-concert performance featuring multi-Grammy®-nominated John Beasley’s big band MONK’estra, rare film footage of Monk, a spoken word performance of Monk’s philosophy of life and music, and brilliant vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Opening the evening will be a 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, along with an all-star rhythm section, reimagine such classics as “April in Paris,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “Autumn Leaves” and many more.

Pre-concert Event:

The LA Phil has 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."

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