08 December Friday – Michael Griffin’s Thelonious Monk Octet


Friday 8 December 2017, 8.30pm

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What better time to make a return to the Foundry616 stage with this special project than on the 100th Anniversary of Thelonius Monk. Sydney Saxophone star Michael Griffin brings a night of music that is fuelled by some seriously good horns, as he and his all star 8-piece band pay homage to one of the world’s biggest jazz legends.

“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.

Michael Griffin has brought many outstanding shows to Foundry616, including a tribute to Charlie Parker, so be sure to book early as this Tribute to Monk is one night of Jazz not to be missed!

“He flaunts an assertive tone, with an advanced harmonic sensibility and technical fluency that confirm his reverence to Bird and Cannonball Adderley”- Bob Doerschuk (Downbeat Magazine)


An obsession with Monk


Michael Griffin – alto sax
Michael Gordon – tenor sax
Jimmy Garden – tenor sax
Michael Avgenicos – trumpet
Paul Webber – trombone
Aaron Blakey – piano
Dave Groves – bass


General – $26.50 incl booking fee
Dinner & Show $56.50 incl booking fee
Premium Dinner & Show $72.50 incl booking fee
Drinks & Show $44.50 incl booking fee
Concession – $19.50 incl booking fee


Additional Information

Ticket Type

General Admission, Concession, Dinner & Show – 7pm, Dinner & Show – 8pm, Premium Dinner & Show, Drinks & Show

Event Details

Date: 8 December 2017

Start time: 20:30

End time: 23:00

Venue: Foundry 616

Phone: 02 9211 9442

Email: info@foundry616.com.au