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  • John Beasley’s Monk’estra At SFJAZZ 11.15.17

    "Monk wrote with such originality and put his witty personality into his writing and playing. He was hip to an 11 year old." — John Beasley, Conductor & Arranger - Monk’estra

  • Recording of December 2017: Bringin’ It 11.15.17

    "He's that rare jazz bassist who's a genuine leader. The success of Bringin' It begs the question: What can't Christian McBride do?” —Stereophile

  • Cécile McLorin Salvant: Review of new double album from the gifted young singer 11.10.17

    “It seems safe to posit that Cécile McLorin Salvant is not only the most successful female jazz singer to emerge since the turn of the millennium but also the most dynamically skilled…” — JazzTimes

  • CD Review: ‘Blood Moon,’ Dave Bennett 11.09.17

    Clarinetist Dave Bennett performs on his current CD with a small group. He has a mix of original compositions co-written with record producer Shelly Berger. Others are well-loved standards by a variety of composers. He is supported by pianist Dave Restivo, guitarist Reg Schwager, bassist Jim Vivian, drummer Pete Siers, and percussionist Davide Direnzo.

  • ALBUM REVIEWS: JOHN BEASLEY ‘MONK’ESTRA, VOL. 2’ CD (MACK AVENUE) 4/5 11.05.17

    It is one hundred years this October since Thelonius Monk was born in 1917 and to mark this commemoration of an iconic and highly creative and innovative musician, pianist, arranger and conductor John Beasley has produced the second part of an ongoing homage to the musician. 

  • Show #234: John Beasley’s MONK’estra Reimagines the Music of Thelonious Monk 10.27.17

    On this week’s Rhythm Planet show, I catch up with the multi-talented pianist/conductor/arranger John Beasley. Beasley and his big band, MONK’estra, have gained widespread renown and two Grammy nominations for their creative re-imagining of the music of Thelonious Sphere Monk in John Beasley Presents MONK’estra Vol. 1.

  • Bay Area celebrates Thelonious Monk at 100: ‘We’re just catching up now’ 10.11.17

    Los Angeles pianist John Beasley’s 15-piece MONK’estra, focusing on arrangements from two recent eponymous albums. Beasley seeks to infuse Monk’s music with contemporary cadences while evoking the challenges faced by the composer as a black man in a rigged environment.

  • Pitchfork: Cécile McLorin Salvant - Dreams and Daggers 10.11.17

    At just 28, jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant has already been lauded by the music industry, including its figurehead Wynton Marsalis, who said that a singer of her caliber only comes by “once in a generation or two.”

  • Stereophile: Cecile McLorin Salvant, Dreams and Daggers 09.29.17

    "Cécile McLorin Salvant, who recently turned 28, can do it all: she sings standard ballads, upbeat bop and pop, feisty anthems, earthy blues; before turning exclusively to jazz, she also studied Baroque and classical singing..."

  • Christian McBride on His Top Five Big Band Tracks, From Count Basie to Maria Schneider 09.29.17

    Christian McBride doesn’t need a big band to make a big impression, as he’s shown us countless times — on the bass, on the bandstand and in the booth. But when he finally did assemble a big band of his own, he saw results:The Good Feeling, on Mack Avenue, won the 2011 Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.

  • Cécile McLorin Salvant’s “Dreams and Daggers” Live at The Village Vanguard 09.28.17

    “...the crowd goes wild. They loved her and you will too. If you zone her out (not easy to do) and pay attention to the trio, you’ll feel the same about them too.”

  • Cécile McLorin Salvant Soars at the Village Vanguard 09.26.17

    “She makes the song her world and then uses her well-developed instrument to let others feel genuine emotions from that world, reveal the lessons from that world. And she has a marvelous and confident sense of taste.”