In almost every professional field there are unsung heroes, the ones behind the scenes making it all happen. Pianist John Beasley has played Tonto to many a Lone Ranger; playing with Miles Davis in the 80's, being associate musical director for Ricky Minor on American Idol, and serving for the past three years as musical director for International Jazz Day, which NPR has dubbed “the World's Biggest Jazz Concert”. After years in the trenches, Beasley is finally getting his just deserves, with a Grammy nomination for his 2011 album Positootly!, and rave reviews for his MONK'estra, theThelonious Monk-inspired big band featuring a small army of brilliant unsung LA hero-musicians.

Sat., Jan. 3, 9 p.m.-midnight, 2015
(Expired: 01/03/15)

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