Guest Artists & Clinicians
John Beasley’s MONK’estra
Friday Night Concert | Guest Clinicians
Performing Friday evening in Loeb Theater at 8:00, this smashing 15 member jazz orchestra features some of the West Coast’s finest musicians and is led by Grammy nominated, powerhouse pianist and composer, John Beasley. Beasley’s arrangements capture the spirit of Thelonious Monk’s music – the off-beat melodies and humor, strange beauty and unbounded swing – with fresh arrangements flavored with New Orleans spirit, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban rhythms and atmospheric colors. The group’s first recording was nominated for several Grammys and has been hailed as “…a masterpiece that uniquely defies conventional interpretations of Monk’s music.” Beasley, a far-ranging pianist, composer, and arranger who’s worked with Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Dianne Reeves, and Steely Dan is easily one of the busiest and most versatile musicians in jazz. He has led a sparkling career that has balanced work as a bandleader, a first-call keyboardist, composer, and arranger of music projects, film and television, along with being Music Director for the Monk Institute.
Guest Artist with Purdue Jazz Band | Guest Clinician
Victor Goines is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993, touring throughout the world and recording more than 20 albums. As a leader, Goines has recorded seven albums including his most recent release Twilight (2012) on Rosemary Joseph Records. A gifted composer, Goines has more than 50 original works to his credit. He has recorded and/or performed with many noted jazz and popular artists including Ahmad Jamal, Ruth Brown, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Dizzy Gillespie, Lenny Kravitz, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Willie Nelson, Marcus Roberts, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, and a host of others. Currently, he is the director of jazz studies/professor of music at Northwestern University. He received a bachelor of music degree from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1984, and a master of music degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond in 1990.
Guest Artist with Purdue Jazz Band | Guest Clinician
Originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin, Dan Fornero attended North Texas State University from 1977-81 where he played lead trumpet in the famed One O’clock Lab Band in 1980 & 1981. After moving to Los Angeles, Dan established himself as a top call trumpeter with stints as lead trumpet with Woody Herman, Tom Jones, Brian Setzer, the Vine Street Horns, Earth, Wind & Fire, and the amazing Phil Collins. Since 2003 he has shared lead trumpet duties with Wayne Bergeron in the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band. Just a very few of his film and television credits include Batman Returns, The Mask, Hancock, Bad Santa, The Polar Express, Toy Story 3, American Idol, America’s Got Talent, The Simpsons, Dancing With the Stars, The Grammy Awards, The Emmy Awards and many others. Dan’s newest recording “Not So Old School” features many of LA’s finest musicians and pays homage to the many styles of music that have influenced his sound.
Artist-in-Residence | Purdue Jazz Band Noon Concert, Guest Artist | Greater Lafayette Jazz Showcase, Guest Artist
Chicago native, pianist Ryan Cohan has worked with such jazz luminaries and world-class ensembles as Freddie Hubbard, Joe Locke, Andy Narell, Jon Faddis, Paquito D’Rivera, Kurt Elling, Gregory Porter, Victor Lewis, Bob Cranshaw, Jeff Hamilton, Steve Wilson, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, MusicNOW Ensemble, Orbert Davis’s Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, The Grant Park Symphony Orchestra with Otis Clay and The Chicago Chamber Musicians among others. Both as a sideman and fronting his various ensembles, Cohan has performed at premier venues worldwide. Cohan has received the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in composition, Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Music and Sound Design Fellowship, three New Jazz Works commissioning grants from Chamber Music America and The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Aaron Copland Recording Grant, Composer Assistance Award from New Music USA and two Illinois Arts Council Fellowships. As an educator, Ryan held the position of Artist-in-Residence at The University of Louisville School of Music’s Jamie Aebersold Jazz Studies Program and has been on the music faculty at the University Of Illinois at Chicago, The Skidmore Jazz Institute in New York, The Bloom School Of Jazz and has worked as an artist clinician at dozens of universities and high schools throughout the U.S and abroad.
Jamey is a internationally-known saxophonist and authority on jazz education and improvisation, and has developed a series of Jazz Play-A-Longs (book and cd sets (now numbering almost 130 volumes) as well as various other supplemental aids for the development of improvisational skills. The Aebersold book and recording sets allow a musician the opportunity to practice and improvise with well-known jazz personalities at home as well as in the classroom. The recordings employ some of the best jazz musicians in the world. This concept has been responsible for changing the practice habits of thousands of musicians around the world. Jamey was one of the first to encourage small group classes which concentrate on jazz improvisation, and he is the director of the Summer Jazz Workshops which now have 40+ years on record. Jamey feels that improvisation is something all people can do—and his clinics and lectures concentrate on demonstrating how the creative and spontaneous nature of each person can be brought to light. In 2014, Jamey was awarded The National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award, the nation’s highest honor in jazz. Jamey Aebersold is the recipient of the 2014 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy, which is bestowed upon an individual who has contributed significantly to the appreciation, knowledge, and advancement of the art form of jazz. Jamey has been a driving force in America’s native art form, Jazz, and continues to kindle the fires of musical imagination in those with whom he comes in contact.
Grammy© Award Winning trumpeter Brian Lynch brings to his music an unparalleled depth and breadth of experience. A honored graduate of two of the jazz world’s most distinguished academies, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and the Horace Silver Quintet, he received wide acclaim during his long tenures with Latin Jazz legend Eddie Palmieri and straight ahead master Phil Woods. He has been a valued collaborator with jazz artists such as Benny Golson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Charles McPherson; Latin music icons as diverse as Hector LaVoe and Lila Downs; and pop luminaries such as Prince. As a bandleader and recording artist he has released over 20 critically acclaimed CDs featuring his distinctive composing and arranging, and has toured the world at the helm of various ensembles reflecting the wide sweep of his music. Voted Trumpeter Of The Year and recipient of the Record Of The Year Award by the Jazz Journalists Association in 2017, Lynch’s talents have been also recognized by top placing in the Downbeat Critics and Readers Polls (#3 Trumpet Critics Poll); as well as feature stories and highly rated reviews for his work in the New York Times, Jazz Times, and Downbeat. He has received multiple Grammy Award nominations – the latest in 2016 for his Madera Latino project- and garnered a Grammy win in 2006 for Best Latin Jazz Album. He is also the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and Meet The Composer. Lynch’s artist owned and operated record label, Hollistic MusicWorks, has released a series of critically acclaimed recordings under his name since its inception in 2010, including the Grammy Award nominated Madera Latino (2016), Questioned Answer (2014), and the Unsung Heroes series of recordings (2011-13), awarded a 5 star “masterpiece” rating by Downbeat magazine. Lynch now devotes the majority of his performing and creative time to his own musical endeavors, centering around his own groups and recording label Hollistic MusicWorks.
As a musician based in Los Angeles, the capital city of world entertainment, Tom Luer created a multi-dimensional career juggling performing for TV shows, numerous big bands, session work for recordings, along with developing as a recording artist. Luer released his first album Project Popular in 2011 to critical acclaim including Cadence Review “His beautiful sound is similar to Brecker’s, as are his general approach and mannerisms. And his formidable technique allows him to execute even the most challenging passages.” Some of the music was featured in nationally broadcast promos for National Public Radio. He continues to perform with his band promoting his original music, which was described as “the kind of magnetism that delights with long contemporary bursts before a large audience at the Greek theater on a Saturday night… an honest goodness thriving jam jazz band.” With the quantity of orchestral work in Los Angeles because of film and TV work, the city has birthed a number of big bands, that Luer is an essential member of, including the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band, Alan Chan Orchestra, Mike Barone Big Band, Wayne Bergeron Big Band, and the four-time GRAMMY nominated MONK’estra led by John Beasley. Luer performed on NBC’s The Voice and a TV special Sports Illustrated 50 Years of Beautiful; X-Factor on Fox; in Queen Latifah’s band for appearances at the American Music Awards and Tonight Show, Ellen Degeneres. He also played on the film soundtrack of Daddy’s Home (Paramount). His recording credits include, GRAMMY winning Kurt Elling’s The Brill Building Project, GRAMMY nominated Dave Slonaker’s Intrada, recordings by Lee Ritenour, Cooper Phillips, Bicoastal Collective, and Oliver Future. He is currently touring with John Beasley’s MONK’estra big band, which has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, SFJazz, PyeongChang Music Festival (South Korea), and with upcoming performances at Walt Disney Hall, Chicago Symphony Center, Loeb Playhouse, the Center in Indiana, and Wellington Jazz Festival (New Zealand). Luer juggles his performing/recording/touring career while managing a position as adjunct faculty member at Cal Poly Pomona and Los Angeles College of Music. He has also taught at the University of North Texas, Texas Christian University, Bethel College, North Lake Community College and Butler County Community College. Luer is a D’Addario woodwinds performing artist. He earned a Master’s Degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Bachelor’s Degree in Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and additional graduate studies in jazz at the University of North Texas.