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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 GRAMMY®-nominated recording artist and 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. DISCOGRAPHY MONK’estra, Vol 2 John Beasley conductor/arranger - Mack Avenue Records (2017)double-Grammy nominated MONK’estra, Vol 1 John Beasley conductor/arranger - Mack Avenue Records (2016) double-Grammy nominated 3 Brave Souls John Beasley, Ndugu Chancler, Darryl Jones - BFM Jazz Positootly! Jeff Watts, Bennie Maupin, James Genus - Resonance Records Grammy nominated Letter to Herbie Jeff Watts, Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride - Resonance Records One LIVE Night Gary Novak, Dave Carpenter, Carlos Del Puerto – BFM Jazz Nuances solo piano - EWE Japan Surfacing Vinnie Colaiuta, Robert Hurst - EWE Japan, BFM Jazz Cauldron John Patittucci, Bill Summers, Rickey Minor, Peter Erskine - Windham Hill (producer Walter Becker) A Change of Heart 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) GUEST CONDUCTOR Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Blue House Orchestra (Sweden), Russian Jazz Orchestra, Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, upcoming: HR Big Band (Frankfurt), college big bands, including Juiliard, Rutgers, U of Miami/Frost, Manhattan School of Music, University of South Florida playing the music of MONK’estra MUSIC DIRECTOR, CONCERTS AND TOURS • International Jazz Day galas: upcoming St Petersburb (2018), Havana (2017), White House (DC) 2016, Paris 2015+2012, Osaka 2014, Istanbul 2013 • New Orleans Tri-Centennial Celeb Concert, 2018 • Quincy Jones Celebration @ Lincoln Center 2018 • Dianne Reeves Many Rivers Civil Rights concert 2016 • Thelonious Monk Institute Tribute galas: Quincy Jones 2015, Bill Clinton 2014, George Duke 2013, 25th Anniversary Gala Tribute to Aretha Franklin 2012 • Tribute to George Duke, MD and co-producer with Darlene Chan/Festival West at Playboy Jazz Festival and Capitol Jazz Festival • Jazz and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Disney Hall: Youth Concert series: Host/MD/Bandleader 2011 + 2014 • Steely Dan Art Crimes world tour • Queen Latifah’s Travelin’ Lite 40-city US Tour • AR Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire composer) Jai Ho world tour • Carly Simon Aboard the Queen Mary PBS TV piano and conductor RECORD PRODUCER Dr.Um Second Opinion Peter Erskine and John Beasley (co-producers), Bob Sheppard, Ben Shepherd (2016) Dr.Um + Lost Pages Peter Erskine and John Beasley (co-producers) Janek Gwizdala, Bob Sheppard, Larry Koonse, Aaron Serfaty, Jack Fletcher –Fuzzy Music (2016) Grammy nominated A Twist of Rit Lee Ritenour and John Beasley (co-producers) – Concord Records EWE Records: Yosvany Terry Metamorphis, Chie Ayado:Time, Shine, Life, Yota Miyazato Colors Miscellaneous: Bob Sheppard, Woong San FILM AND TV COMPOSER, PERFORMER – selected list: • Films: James Bond: Spectre + Skyfall, Finding Dory + Finding Nemo, Get on Up (James Brown), Exotic Marigold Hotel I + II, He called me Malala, Wall-E, Shawshank Redemption, Godfather III, and 100+ films as drum/synthesizer programmer and pianist • TV: 2016 National Democratic Convention underscore, Touchstone TV logo, Award-winning TV series: Fame, Cheers, Family Ties, Star Trek: Next Generation • Commercials: Oldsmobile, Blockbuster, Hyundai, Toyota, Dodge and 100+ MUSIC DIRECTOR, TV SHOWS • International Jazz Day in Cuba – BET 2017 • Jazz at the White House – 2016 Emmy Nomination for Best Music Direction - ABC • Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful, MD and theme composer - NBC 2014 • American Idol (multi-platinum Carrie Underwood victory in 2005, Associate Music Director) FOX 2005 • American Idol Lead Arranger FOX 2015 -2016 • Sing Your Face Off - ABC 2014 • Duets with John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Robin Thicke, Jennifer Nettles - ABC 2012 • Search for the Next Pussycat Dolls - CW 2007 • Carly Simon A Moonlight Serenade aboard Queen Mary, Conductor - PBS 2005 ARRANGER ON PERFORMANCES AND ALBUMS AND MUSIC DIRECTOR REALITY TV SHOWS • Rhianna VMA performance 2016, Robert Glasper performance African American Museum 2016 Opening Concert ABC TV, SR Big Band Stuttgart-Germany, Luckman Jazz Orchestra • TV shows: American Idol (2005-2016), The Tonight Show, VHI Divas special, The Winner Is, America’s Got Talent, Singing Bee, Duets, Search for the Next Pussy Cat Doll AWARDS AND HONORS • 4 GRAMMY® nominations: MONK’estra Vol

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

The Word from Johannesburg, Part II: Brenda Sisane and The Art of Sunday

Read "The Word from Johannesburg, Part II: Brenda Sisane and The Art of Sunday" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Brenda Sisane has been in broadcasting in Johannesburg, South Africa for over twenty-five years while simultaneously heading up her International Relations and Creative Arts public relations firm. Ms. Sisane is also CEO of SPIN Productions and its Non-Profit sister organization, The SPIN Foundation NPC, which both serve the international and domestic arts and music and culture ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2020: The Year in Jazz

Read "2020: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The COVID-19 pandemic put the jazz world in a tailspin, just like the world at large, in 2020. And there is plenty of uncertainty going into the new year about what “new normal: might emerge from the darkness. International Jazz Day, like so many other things, became an online virtual event this time around. Pianist Keith ...

To Be With You

Label: DistroKid
Released: 2020
Track listing: 01. All of You (Cole Porter); 02. I Could Fall in Love With Her; 03. To Be With You (Music & Lyrics by Brian Swartz); 04. Jane’s Domain (Music by Brian Swartz); 05. Old Friends (Music & Lyrics by Brian Swartz); 06. Who’s Bob? - Short Version (Music & Lyrics by Brian Swartz); 07. Invitation (Bronislau Kaper); 08. Molly & Vern (Music by Brian Swartz); 09. Night and Day (Cole Porter); 10. The Very Thought of You (Ray Noble); 11. You Don’t Know What Love Is (Raye/DePaul); 12. Nobody Else But Me (Jerome Kern); 13. Too Marvelous For Words (Johnny Mercer/Richard Whiting); 14. Who’s Bob? - Long Version (Music & Lyrics by Brian Swartz); 15. To Be With You - Short Version (Music & Lyrics by Brian Swartz);

MONK'estra Plays John Beasley

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Steve-O; Sam Rivers; Monk's Mood; Donna Lee; Song For Dub; Five Spot; Implication; Intermission; Masekela; Rhythm-A-Ning/Evidence; Off Minor; Be.YOU.tiful; Locomotive; Come Sunday.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jon Armstrong Sextet: Reabsorb

Read "Reabsorb" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Saxophonist Jon Armstrong reminds us that life and death are two sides of the same coin. Although seemingly disparate, like two sides of an LP, they cannot be separated. His sextet recording Reabsorb models this contrasting device by presenting two contrasting compositions, one on each side of an LP (also available as a CD and download). ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

The Monk'estra Trilogy: The Genius of John Beasley and Thelonious Monk

Read "The Monk'estra Trilogy: The Genius of John Beasley and Thelonious Monk" reviewed by Jim Worsley

His music was ahead of its time. I know, how many times have you heard that said about the incomparable Thelonious Monk? Still, to sit on that thought for just a minute, his music has skyrocketed into the twenty-first century in a time capsule. A jazz icon in his lifetime, he is remarkably revered and understood ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John Beasley: MONK'estra Plays John Beasley

Read "MONK'estra Plays John Beasley" reviewed by Jim Worsley

In 2016 John Beasley gifted us with John Beasley Presents Monk'estra Volume 1 (Mack Avenue). The buzz of that superb record led to John Beasley Presents Monk'estra Volume 2 (Mack Avenue, 2017). Both records were Grammy nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. They were both more than Grammy worthy, but alas the competition is fierce. ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

John Patitucci, Dick Oatts, Count Basie and More

Read "John Patitucci, Dick Oatts, Count Basie and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we focus on new releases and look for a unique perspective on this COVID-19 pandemic world. We hear from John Patitucci, Avram Fefer, Paul Jost and Marc Benham. This hour also features a host of legends and a special dedication to Chadwick Boseman. Playlist John Patitucci with John Beasley “Sam Rivers" MONK'estra ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond the BASSics, Part 2

Read "Jimmy Haslip: Amperes Beyond the BASSics, Part 2" reviewed by Jim Worsley

In case you missed it, Part One of my conversation with Jimmy Haslip covered a lot of ground and had a few good laughs along the way. Although we talked about the Yellowjackets, we delved more deeply into why and how he parted ways with the band some eight years ago. Haslip has been producing records ...


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