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MONK'estra at SFJAZZ Center

By Published: September 7, 2013
Prefaced by a rapid fire piano solo, "I Mean You" afforded the white-haired Tommy Peterson, a Toshiko Akiyoshi
Toshiko Akiyoshi
Toshiko Akiyoshi
b.1929
piano
/Lew Tabackin
Lew Tabackin
Lew Tabackin
b.1940
sax, tenor
alumnus, room to solo on baritone sax, followed by Swartz on trumpet. Novak took the limelight with his work on the drums.

"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
Cedar Walton
Cedar Walton
1934 - 2013
piano
. 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.


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