Grammy Winning Jazz Artist John Beasley Comes to Irvine Barclay Theatre

June 01, 2022

Acclaimed jazz pianist, bandleader, and producer John Beasley brings his smashing 15-piece MONK’estra big band to Irvine Barclay Theatre on Thursday, June 9, at 8 p.m.

In his three-decade-long career, Grammy Award winner and nine-time nominated pianist and composer, John Beasley, has worked with Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard – playing in the bands of both trumpet legends while still in his 20s – as well as with Herbie Hancock, Steely Dan, Al Jarreau, Christian McBride (and even, for one night, with James Brown!) 

In this special Barclay performance, Beasley leads MONK'estra, his big band that captures the spirit of Thelonious Monk’s singular music in fresh arrangements flavored with contemporary sounds that range from Afro-Cuban rhythms to hip-hop. Critics have called it “some of the most mesmerizing big band music of recent memory.” 

Irvine Barclay Theatre is located at 4242 Campus Drive, adjacent to UC Irvine, in Irvine. 

For tickets or more information, please visit or call (949) 854-4646.

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