• Four time Grammy nominee, John Beasley, and his all-star quartet wowed audiences with a blend of classical jazz and contemporary harmonies

Abu Dhabi: The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) hosted an extraordinary performance by acclaimed Jazz pianist, composer, and arranger John Beasley. Presented by the Embassy of the United States in the United Arab Emirates, John Beasley’s MONK’estra Quartet provided audiences with an enthralling experience, merging classic jazz with contemporary harmonies.

The performance, held last night at The Black Box, was attended by a select audience that included representatives from the Embassy of the United States in the United Arab Emirates, including Charge d’Affaires Steven Bondy, Country Public Affairs Officer Scott Boltz, Cultural Attaché Lauren Willy, as well as Executive Artistic Director of The Arts Center Bill Bragin, and members of The Arts Center at NYUAD. Continuing The Arts Center’s fifth anniversary season, the evening built on its mission of bringing diverse communities together through shared artistic experiences while celebrating its unique traditions as well as common humanity.

John Beasley, four time Grammy Awards nominee, started his career as a pianist working with jazz icons such as Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard. His versatile experience in the music industry took part in shaping his musical identity, which combines the traditional and the modern.

Beasley performed with his all-star band, which consists of harmonica player Grégoire Maret, drummer Terreon Gully, and bassist Tabari Lake. The concert was followed by a conversation with the audience, moderated by Bill Bragin, The Arts Center’s Executive Artistic Director.

The Arts Center at NYUAD is a performing arts center that presents distinguished professional artists from around the world alongside student, faculty, and community productions.

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About The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi

Presenting music, theater, dance, film and interdisciplinary performances that defy definition, The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi is a performing arts center that presents distinguished professional artists from around the world alongside student, faculty, and community productions. The Arts Center draws on the resources of NYUAD to create a dynamic space for research, investigation, and the active pursuit of knowledge and wisdom for audiences as well as visiting artists. The Arts Center is proudly supported by Mubadala, Swyp, and ADCB as lead sponsors and GAC Global a sustainer sponsor.

About NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and science campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly-selective liberal arts, engineering and science curriculum with a world center for advanced research and scholarship enabling its students to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from more than 115 nations and speak over 115 languages. Together, NYU's campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.

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