Guest Artists


John Beasley’s MONK’estra

Friday Night Concert

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.

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Victor Goines

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.  He is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at Northwestern University.

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Dan Fornero

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.

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Ryan Cohan

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.

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