Thelonious Monk Octet:
Griffin spent time performing in New York, become a semifinalist at the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, Featured in Downbeat Magazine (USA), 2018 Artist in Residance with Fine Music Radio and recently had his compositions added to the Australian Jazz Real Book. His Quartet is comprised of some of the best and Highest regarded musicians in the country.
“What he has achieved ensures an
extremely bright future.” – Jimmy Heath (USA)
I also am bringing back my Thelonious Monk Octet which was I project I toured Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane within 2018. It is based on a world tour that Monk did in 1968 which included a stop in Australia. That band featured Ray Copeland- Trumpet, Jimmy Cleveland- Trombone, Phil Woods- Alto Saxophone, Charlie Rouse & Johnny Griffin- Tenor Saxophone, Thelonious Monk- Piano, Larry Gales- Bass, Ben Riley Drums.
Thelonious Monk Octet performs at Foundry 616 10th July
Michael Griffin- Alto Sax
James Sarno- Trumpet
Lachy Hamilton, Nish Manjunath- Tenor Sax
Dave Panichi- Trombone
Aaron Blakey- Piano
Noel Mason- Bass
Tim Geldens- Drums