MONK'estra at SFJAZZ Center
"Rhythm A Ning," the last of the evening's extended compositions, gave ample space for Bijon Watson to solo on trumpet, Sheppard on saxophone and Jamie Horvaka trumpet. Novak gave Williams a high five as Beasley left the stage, the door swinging shut behind him.
After another standing ovation, Beasley returned to the stage. After banter, which included telling the audience that "you have the water and we have the Lakers," Beasley sat down at the piano for a solo introducing "Peace," an evocative composition by the recently deceased Cedar Walton. Beasley played melodica, the band pumped, the tune ended. "Have a peaceful week. Have peace in your heart. We love you," Beasley advised. Following raucous applause and yet another standing ovation, the MONK'estra left the stage.