Tampa Jazz Calendar: John Beasley’s MONK’estra at USF, St. Petersburg Jazz Festival, more.

john beasleyJohn Beasley‘s “MONK’estra, Vol. 1 (Mack Avenue),” a collection of brilliant large-ensemble arrangements of Monk tunes, landed on my list of 2016’s best Jazz albums (for JazzTimes and other polls and publications). And Beasley unleashed even more Monk music last year, with “MONK’estra, Vol. 2.” Both albums have landed much critical acclaim and jazz-radio airplay.

So it feels like a bit of a coup on the part of USF’s jazz studies program to get Beasley to Tampa to conduct the USF Jazz Ensemble (big band) on some of those arrangements. The show, part of the school’s Monday Night Series, and co-produced by the Tampa Jazz Club, is this Monday night at 7:30 at the USF Concert Hall, on campus at the school’s music complex. Click the link on the listing below for more info.

On the jazz calendar:

  • Friday, Feb. 23 — St. Petersburg Jazz Festival: B3 Fury with the Shawn Brown Quintet, with guitarist Nate Najar, saxophonist Jeremy Carter, and drummer Anthony Breach. Side Door at the Palladium, St. Petersburg, 7:30 pm. SOLD OUT Link
  • Saturday, Feb. 24 — St. Petersburg Jazz Festival: Helios Jazz Orchestra with (vocalists) Whitney James & Chuck Wansley. Side Door at the Palladium, St. Petersburg, 7:30 pm. Link
  • Sunday, Feb. 25 — St. Petersburg Jazz Festival: (Pianist) Gabriel Hernandez Trio, with bassist Mauricio Rodriguez and drummer Dimas Sanchez. Side Door at the Palladium, St. Petersburg, 7:30 pm. Link
  • Monday, Feb. 26 — Monday Night Jazz: MONK’estra: Celebrating the Thelonious Monk Centennial, with pianist/composer/arranger John Beasley conducting the USF Jazz Ensemble. USF Concert Hall, Tampa, 7:30 pm. Link
  • Thursday, March 1 — Bill Cunliffe (pianist) Trio with bassist Martin Wind and drummer  Tim Horner. Side Door at the Palladium, St. Petersburg, 7:30 pm. Link
  • Friday, March 2 — Tony Bennett. Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, 7:30 pm. Link
  • Sunday, March 11 — Tampa Jazz Club: (Singer) Fred Johnson & (bassist) Michael Ross. HCC Ybor Mainstage Theatre, Ybor City, 3 pm. Link
  • Monday, March 26 — USF Monday Night Jazz: (Pianist) Steve Allee. USF Concert Hall, Tampa, 7:30 pm. Link
  • Thursday, March 29 — Women’s History Celebration: (Saxophonist-singer) Valerie Gillespie with pianist Karen Benjey, bassist Jennifer Medina and drummer Meghan Lock. Side Door at the Palladium, St. Petersburg, 7:30 pm. Link
  • Friday, March 30 — Bossa Nova All-Stars: (Guitarist) Nate Najar with vibraphonist Chuck Redd, saxophonist Harry Allen, and singer Maucha Adnet. Side Door at the Palladium, St. Petersburg, 7:30. Link
  • Friday, April 6 — Sarah Vaughan Tribute: (Singer) Synia Carroll with pianist Billy Marcus, saxophonist Jeremy Carter, bassist Billy Pillucere, and drummer Steve Bucholtz. Side Door at the Palladium, St. Petersburg, 7:30 pm. Link
  • Sunday, April 8 — Tampa Jazz Club: (Saxophonist) Harry Allen. HCC Ybor Mainstage Theatre, 3 pm. Link
  • Sunday, April 22 — Jazz Noir: Mood Music for Murder & Mystery, with pianist Stretch Bruyn, bassist Alejandro Arenas, drummer Mark Feinman, percussionist Ron Gregg, saxophonists Rodney Rojas and James Carter, trumpeter James Suggs, and guitarists Charlie Robinson and Mike Pezze. Side Door at the Palladium, St. Petersburg, 3 p.m. Link
  • Friday, May 4 — James & James: By Request, with singer Whitney James, trumpeter James Suggs, and La Lucha — pianist John O’Leary, bassist Alejandro Arenas, and drummer Mark Feinman. Side Door at the Palladium, St. Petersburg, 8 pm. Link
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