Brussels Jazz Orchestra – John Beasley director
19:30 Introduction & encounter with John Beasley, moderated by Mattias Heyman (EN) - Hall M
We celebrate the hundredth birthday of Thelonious Monk with a fantastic big band project by American composer, musician and producer John Beasley. This Grammy nominee knows just how to capture the spirit of Monk’s music in breezy arrangements, humorous off-beat melodies, strange beauty and boundless swing, seasoned with New Orleans spirit, Afro-Cuban rhythms and attractive colours. Beasley’s MONK’estra presents Monk’s music with an ear to the future. Along with the scintillating Brussels Jazz Orchestra, they add contemporary harmonies, unstoppable grooves and infectious pleasure. In short, an affectionate tribute to the music of the master.