2017 marks the centennial of Thelonious Monk’s birthday. The Brussels Jazz Orchestra will celebrate this with MONK’estra, a smashing big band project that captures the spirit of Thelonious Monk’s singular music with fresh arrangements by John Beasley. Off-beat melodies and humor, strange beauty and unbounded swing with New Orleans spirit, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban rhythms and atmospheric colors.

MONK’estra is conducted by GRAMMY® Award-nominee John Beasley. MONK’estra re-imagines Thelonious Monk’s compositions with an eye to the future; a killer contemporary big band that pays loving tribute to the master’s music while infusing it with contemporary harmonies, unstoppable grooves, and a contagious sense of fun.

Note: John Beasley released the CD 'MONK'estra Vol.1' in August 2016. Volume 2 was released in september 2017. You can read some reviews below on this page. The orchestra playing on the CD is not the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, but Beasley's own big band.

John Beasley