Grammy nominee brings ‘Monk’estra’ project to USF

Grammy-award nominee John Beasley performs Monday (Feb. 26) with the University of South Florida Jazz Ensemble in the USF Concert Hall. Photo courtesy of the Tampa Jazz Club.
Grammy-award nominee John Beasley performs Monday (Feb. 26) with the University of South Florida Jazz Ensemble in the USF Concert Hall. Photo courtesy of the Tampa Jazz Club.
Published February 22
Updated February 24

TAMPA — John Beasley, the pianist, composer and arranger whose MONK’estra project has received four Grammy nominations, will bring his new interpretations of Thelonious Monk’s music to University of South Florida’s Monday Night Jazz this week (Feb. 26).

To honor the Monk Centennial Year, Beasley will conduct the USF Jazz Ensemble in the USF Concert Hall, 3735 USF Holly Drive on the Tampa campus. The program begins at 7:30 p.m.

A jazz veteran who was the pianist for both Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard in his early years, Beasley has been music director for world tours by Steely Dan, Queen Latifah, and others. Based in Hollywood, he has extensive experience working on major film sound tracks and as arranger for television, from American Idol to The Kennedy Center Honors.

Beasley has also directed the International Jazz Day global concerts presented by UNESCO since their inception, from venues in Paris, Istanbul, Osaka, Havana and The White House.

Beasley’s explorations of Monk was described by the International Review of Music as, "Some of the most mesmerizing big band music of recent memory."

Monday Night Jazz, a monthly concert series for more than 20 years, is presented by the USF School of Music, WUSF’s All Night Jazz and the Tampa Jazz Club.

Tickets for the Beasley concert are $20 for adults; $15 for Tampa Jazz Club members and seniors; and $10 for students with an ID.

Tickets are available at the door or online at tampajazzclub.com. For more information, go to Tampajazzclub.com or call (727) 771-7415.

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