30 June Friday – Michael Griffin Octet: Tribute to Thelonious Monk


Friday 30 June 2017, 8.30pm
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Making a return to the Foundry616 stage with a sizzling 8-piece band paying homage to one of the world’s biggest jazz legends, Sydney Saxophone star Michael Griffin brings a night of music that is fuelled by some seriously good horns!

Recently returning from New York, Griffin has developed quite the reputation since being a semifinalist at the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Saxophone competition. 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 while he continues to perform throughout Australia and the USA.

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.

Pictured is a photo of Griffith with his son T.S Monk, with whom he was fortunate to spend some time in Washington D.C during his stay in the USA.

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!

“What he has achieved insures an extremely bright future.” – Jimmy Heath (USA)

“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)


Michael Griffin – Alto Saxophone
Tom Avgenicos- trumpet
David Theak + Michael Gordon– Tenor Saxophone
Paul Weber– Trombone
Aaron Blakey– Piano
David Groves– Bass
Tim Geldens– Drums



General – $26.50 incl booking fee
Concession – $21.50 incl booking fee
Dinner & Show $57.50 incl booking fee
Premium Dinner & Show $72.50 incl booking fee

Book your tickets now to avoid missing out on this exciting launch

Additional Information

Ticket Type

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

Event Details

Date: 30 June 2017

Start time: 20:30

End time: 23:00

Venue: Foundry 616

Phone: 02 9211 9442

Email: info@foundry616.com.au