Pianist, Joe Block & his Quartet Playing the Music of Thelonious Monk

06/25/2021 8:00 PM
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Pianist, Joe Block & his Quartet Playing the Music of Thelonious Monk

Joe Block is a pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader. He began playing classical piano at the age of two before switching to jazz in middle school. While growing up in Philadelphia, he was fortunate to learn and study from older musicians on the scene and in jazz education programs at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz, the Kimmel Center, and Temple University. Joe currently resides in New York City where he attends both the Juilliard School (MM ’22) and Columbia University (BA ’21). He has studied with Frank Kimbrough, Ted Rosenthal, Bruce Barth, Marc Cary, and Geoffrey Keezer.

Joe has worked and played with many esteemed artists including Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Leslie Odom, Jr., Ari Hoenig, Justin Faulkner, Eric Alexander, Jaleel Shaw, Hannibal Lokumbe, and The Captain Black Big Band. As a bandleader (trio and quintet) and sideman, he has performed around NYC and Philadelphia at venues including Dizzy’s, The Django, Birdland, Smalls, Smoke, Alice Tully Hall, Café Bohemia, Chris’ Jazz Café, South Jazz Parlor, @exuberance, and the Kimmel Center. He has also played at the Monterey, Belize, Montclair, Mid-Atlantic, and Telluride Jazz Festivals. Joe has received recognition and awards from the National YoungArts Foundation, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Telluride Jazz Festival, and the Next Generation Jazz Festival. In December 2018, he served as musical director and pianist for Wynton Marsalis’ annual holiday fundraiser and performance at Brooks Brothers in NYC. In December 2019, he played a weekend with the Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet at Chris’ Jazz Café in Philadelphia, followed by a feature the next week in the Ari Hoenig Trio. He appears on the 2020 Grammy-nominated record “The Intangible Between” (Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band).

In addition to performing, Joe is an avid composer and arranger. Hailed by Jazz at Lincoln Center as one of "jazz's most promising young composers", he has been commissioned to write or arrange music for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, the Philadelphia Ambassador Big Band, the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, the Wynton Marsalis Septet, and the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia. As an educator, he has his own private studio in arranging, theory, and jazz piano.

Joe Block on piano, Ben Turner, guitar, David Wong on bass, Anwar Marshall on drums

DINNER & SHOW AVAILABLE (Max of 4 tickets per order, limited seating) $70 per person includes 3 course dinner & show. Beverages, tip & tax not included. Arrival times for 8pm show are 7pm & 7:30, Arrival times for 10pm show are 9:30 & 9:45. All tickets are Premium Seating!

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Watch the online show here: JoeBlock_TheloniusMonk



Joe Block is a pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader. He began playing classical piano at the age of two before switching to jazz in middle school. While growing up in Philadelphia, he was fortunate to learn and study from older musicians on the scene and in jazz education programs at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz, the Kimmel Center, and Temple University. Joe currently resides in New York City where he attends both the Juilliard School (MM ’22) and Columbia University (BA ’21). He has studied with Frank Kimbrough, Ted Rosenthal, Bruce Barth, Marc Cary, and Geoffrey Keezer.

Joe has worked and played with many esteemed artists including Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Leslie Odom, Jr., Ari Hoenig, Justin Faulkner, Eric Alexander, Jaleel Shaw, Hannibal Lokumbe, and The Captain Black Big Band. As a bandleader (trio and quintet) and sideman, he has performed around NYC and Philadelphia at venues including Dizzy’s, The Django, Birdland, Smalls, Smoke, Alice Tully Hall, Café Bohemia, Chris’ Jazz Café, South Jazz Parlor, @exuberance, and the Kimmel Center. He has also played at the Monterey, Belize, Montclair, Mid-Atlantic, and Telluride Jazz Festivals. Joe has received recognition and awards from the National YoungArts Foundation, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Telluride Jazz Festival, and the Next Generation Jazz Festival. In December 2018, he served as musical director and pianist for Wynton Marsalis’ annual holiday fundraiser and performance at Brooks Brothers in NYC. In December 2019, he played a weekend with the Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet at Chris’ Jazz Café in Philadelphia, followed by a feature the next week in the Ari Hoenig Trio. He appears on the 2020 Grammy-nominated record “The Intangible Between” (Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band).

In addition to performing, Joe is an avid composer and arranger. Hailed by Jazz at Lincoln Center as one of "jazz's most promising young composers", he has been commissioned to write or arrange music for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, the Philadelphia Ambassador Big Band, the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, the Wynton Marsalis Septet, and the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia. As an educator, he has his own private studio in arranging, theory, and jazz piano.


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Premier Tables:
The best seats in the house positioned directly in front of the performance stage (marked dark blue on the seating map).

Standard Tables:
Clear and unobstructed views of stage (marked purple on the seating map). A few tables have a partially obstructed view (marked light blue on the seating map).

Cocktail & Bar Area:
Seating at high-top tables and at the bar area available on a first come, first seated basis (marked green on the seating map). Tables may be shared for sold out shows. Two TV monitors with live video feed of the performance are conveniently located above the bar and cocktail areas.

  • All ticket prices are per person.
  • Dinner menu available in all sections.
  • Your ticket is also your dining reservation.
  • Every ticket gets a seat in area purchased and tables are reserved based on the date when you made your reservation.
  • We will do our best to ensure that your entire group sits together, please let us know in the order notes if there are multiple ticket orders in your group.
  • For any special needs or accommodation requests, please call us at 215-568-3131.
  • Tickets are the same price whether purchased in person, over the phone or online.
  • No refunds, professional cameras or outside food and drink.
  • There is a limited amount of seating available for performances, if the show is sold out online, contact us at 215-568-3131 for seating availability.

Festival Seating:
Festival seating is our general admission ticket. The entire venue or a portion of the venue may be designated for festival admission. These tickets will guarantee you a seat for the show and you are free to sit anywhere in the venue based on a "first come, first seated" basis. This should also allow for larger groups to sit together.

  • All ticket prices are per person.
  • Dinner menu available in all sections.
  • Your ticket is also your dining reservation.
  • For any special needs or accommodation requests, please call us at 215-568-3131.
  • Tickets are the same price whether purchased in person, over the phone or online.
  • No refunds, professional cameras or outside food and drink.
  • There is a limited amount of seating available for performances, if the show is sold out online, contact us at 215-568-3131 for seating availability.