Michael Griffin Thelonious Monk Octet

“Brilliantly accomplished local alto saxophonist Michael Griffin, whose style is clearly influenced by that of Charlie Parker, has not only shown an affinity with Monk in solo flight when he plays a Monk tune but …assembled and brought along an ensemble – an octet in fact – that not only allowed the Monk feeling to influence their solos but managed to achieve the dynamic, rhythmic and melodic effects of a Monk ensemble and its sometimes spiky, sometimes purely swinging, sometimes humorous effects of a Monk band”.
– John Clare, Review of the Monk Tribute show @ Foundry616

A semifinalist at the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Saxophone competition, Griffin subsequently lived and worked in New York and has developed a reputation both as a leader and sideman, performing widely throughout Australia and the USA. His debut album Unexpected Greeting (ABC) received 4 stars in the Australian and listed in Music Australia’s top 10 Australian Jazz albums of 2015.

This tribute is based on a tour that Monk did in 1968 with the Thelonious Monk Octet which featured, Phil Woods (alto sax), Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), Johnny Griffin (tenor sax), Ray Copeland (trumpet), Jimmy Cleveland (trombone), Larry Gales (bass), Ben Riley (drums) and of course Monk.

The arrangements for the Horn section were essentially Monk’s piano transcriptions written out for a band, which is what Griffin is doing: arranging Monk’s voicings for a horn section to get that genuine Monk Sound. Featuring songs such as Ruby My Dear, We See, Epistrophy, Evidence, Blue Monk, Crepescule with Nellie and many more.

Doors Open 04 Jan 2018 8:00 pm
Music Starts 04 Jan 2018 8:30 pm
Online sales end (Unsold tickets available at door) 04 Jan 2018 7:30 pm
Ticket Price $20 or $15 concession
The Jazzlab
27 Leslie St, Brunswick VIC 3056, Australia Brunswick , Vic 3056 Australia
The Jazzlab
Unsold tickets available at the door
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27 Leslie St, Brunswick
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Phone: (03) 9388 1999


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