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John Beasley

JOHN BEASLEY GRAMMY® and EMMY Award-nominated recording artist PIANIST / COMPOSER / ARRANGER / MUSIC DIRECTOR “Beasley, the one-time keyboardist for Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis, reflects a variety of generational influences, incorporating the emphatic chordal clusters of Herbie Hancock, the rhythmic quirkiness of Monk and the lush intelligence of Art Tatum into a highly refined personal voice.” –Los Angeles Times
Double GRAMMY® winning and 11x nominated recording artist / Emmy-nominated Music Director
John Beasley’s music career spans four decades with credits that read like a “who’s who” list in the music and film/TV entertainment.
HIGHLIGHTS OF JOHN BEASLEY’S CAREER as PIANIST/KEYBOARDIST Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Carly Simon, Christian McBride, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Lee Ritenour, Kenny Garrett, AR Rahman, Baaba Mal, Jon Hassell, Ivan Lins, Sergio Mendes, Yosvany Terry, Ruthie Foster, Dave Gruisin, even a stint with James Brown, to name a few.
MONK’estra trilogy of albums: MONK'estra Vol 1, Vol 2 and MONK'estra plays John Beasley (Mack Avenue Records) 
Bird Lives, Music of Charlie Parker (ACT Music) 
3 Brave Souls: John Beasley, Ndugu Chancler, Darryl Jones (BFM Jazz)
Positootly! with Jeff Watts, Bennie Maupin, James Genus (Resonance Records) - Grammy nominated
Letter to Herbie with Jeff Watts, Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride (Resonance Records)
One LIVE Night with Gary Novak, Dave Carpenter, Carlos Del Puerto (BFM Jazz)
Nuances solo piano (EWE Japan)
Surfacing with Vinnie Colaiuta, Robert Hurst (EWE Japan)
Cauldron with John Patittucci, Bill Summers, Rickey Minor, Peter Erskine (Windham Hill - producer Walter Becker)
A Change of Heart with John Patittucci, Terri Lynn Carrington, Freddie Washington (Windham Hill - producer Walter Becker)
10/10:The Music of Thelonious Monk John Beasley and Steve Cardenas (TDK Japan)
Commotion 2: Sampler of Windham Hill Jazz (Windham Hill)
Mose the Fireman (book on tape, narrator Michael Keaton, music by John Beasley and Walter Becker)

SWR Big Band, HR Big Band, Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Blue House Orchestra (Sweden), Russian Jazz Orchestra, Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, Bohusulan Jazz Orchestra, Bielefeld Philharmonie and college big bands, including Juiliard, Rutgers, U of Miami/Frost, Manhattan School of Music, University of South Florida playing the music of MONK’estra

• International Jazz Day galas: New York/Los Angeles (2022 & 2021), Melbourne (2019), St Petersburg (2018), Havana (2017), White House, DC (2016), Paris (2015+2012), Osaka (2014), Istanbul (2013) • New Orleans Tri-Centennial Celeb Concert (2018)

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John Beasley is one of the best pianists and improvisers on the jazz scene today. Beasley is a master musician, with total command of the jazz language, and his playing is always intense in both emotion and technique. —All About Jazz (Wilbert Sostre)

"The pianist and composer John Beasley has one of the most formidable tasks of anyone associated with today's International Jazz Day, the celebration produced by UNESCO and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. He's music director of the centerpiece concert to be live-streamed from Istanbul ...That means Beasley put together the lineups from a star-studded international cast, with a set list meant to charm the world

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Los Angeles

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Beasley has led music/jazz/piano clinics and workshops worldwide over the past 25 years across the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America, including The Grammy Foundation's camps, Frost School of Music, U of Miami Manhattan School of Music Julliard Rutgers University The Music School (Utah), ASCAP (I Create Music) Politrius Music School (Guatemala), CoDarts, Rotterdam Conservatory Maastricht Conservatory Amsterdam Conservatory... to name a few Private lessons - rates are negotiable Hours - when not on tour

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Ancient Future

Gearbox Records



Dash Hoffman Records


Saudade, Colours of...

Challenge Records


The Jazz All Stars...

Le Coq Records


Bird Lives

ACT Music


MONK'estra Plays John...

Mack Avenue Records


Small Hotel

From: In2uition
By John Beasley

Wanna Get Away?

From: 3 Brave Souls
By John Beasley

So Tired

From: Positootly!
By John Beasley


From: Letter To Herbie
By John Beasley



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