Commissioned by the Los Angeles Jazz Society's "New Note" program, this piece is a reflection on the 1992 LA riots through a forty-five minute suite for alto and tenor saxophone, vibraphone, piano, double bass, and drums.
A 7 song suite celebrating the hypnagogic landscape of Los Angeles
Jon Armstrong - Tenor Sax. Electric Guitar.
Sheela Bringi - Vocals. Harmonium. Harp. Bansuri Flute.
Clinton Patterson - Trumpet
Ryan Dragon - Trombone
Stefan Kac - Tuba
Erin Armstrong - Clarinet. Flute.
Gavin Templeton - Alto Sax. Flute.
Brian Walsh - Bass Clarinet. Clarinet.
Tina Raymond - Drum Set
Chris Payne - Kanjira. Krakebs. Frame Drum. Pandero. Bongos.
A DOUBLE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION for Thelonious & Beasley
Part of a double bill with The Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Performance Ensemble at UCLA
A Jazz Bakery production.
Some of the most mesmerizing big band music of recent memory. Beasley’s arrangements…expanding and elaborating on the Monk originals…captured Monk’s unique quirkiness, the offbeat accents, punchy dissonances and surprisingly soaring melodies…with stunningly atmospheric ensemble textures. His obviously extraordinary orchestrating abilities, combined with superb individual soloing from virtually every musician, resulted in a definitive display of Big, Modern and Jazz Band.
Don Heckman, International Review of Music
…the superb MONK’estra led by John Beasley…
Gary Fukishima, LA Weekly
Beasley's smart and engaging take on Thelonious Monk's ingenious compositions, as well as the sheer power and creative camaraderie that flows from a big band hitting on all cylinders.”
Andrew Gilbert, San Jose Mercury News
This is maybe the best new big band on the planet. It’s pure John Beasley, in that he’s taken all the Thelonious Monk compositions, rendered them new without reducing their Monkishness one iota, and the result is thrilling… this is maybe the best new big band on the planet.
Brick Wahl, former LA Weekly's jazz writer and current Intl Review of Music critic Brick Wahl, IROM
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The Angel City Young Artist Competition gives young LA based musicians the opportunity to have their original music heard and evaluated by working jazz professionals. The winning ensemble will be awarded a $1000 prize and will perform live on Friday, September 25, 2015 at LACMA to open the Angel City Jazz Festival.
Submissions are accepted until September 15, 2015.
The 2015 Angel City Jazz Festival runs from September 25th to October 11th at LACMA, REDCAT, The Blue Whale, The Barnsdall Galllery Theatre, The Moss Theatre, Plaza Del Sol Concert Hall and the Musician Institute Theatre.
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