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John Beasley


Double GRAMMY® Award winning and Emmy nominee, John Beasley is a versatile pianist, composer, arranger who began his career in his 20s backing jazz icons Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard. Since then, Beasley has performed with a wide range of artists, including Dianne Reeves, Ivan Lins, John Patitucci, Chaka Khan, Christian McBride, Carly Simon, to name a few. He was music director for international tours with Steely Dan, AR Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) and Queen Latifah and co-MD for Chucho Valdes La Creation tour.

As a recording artist Beasley has over a dozen albums and has earned 11 GRAMMY nominations. His latest album is a reimagination of Charlie Parker music “Bird Lives” with SWR Big Band and strings, which brought another GRAMMY win with three 2022 GRAMMY nominations. Beasley’s solo project, MONK’estra, is a trilogy of albums which earned six consecutive GRAMMY nominations and a win. He also earned his first Latin Grammy nomination for a fado-jazz album “Close to Me” with Portuguese singer Maria Mendes and the Metropole Orkest.


Ancient Future

Label: Gearbox Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Truth; My Stomping Ground; Beach Vibes; Derf Reklaw; Elements; Black Dance; African Drum; Wind.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sexmob, Larry Goldings, Steve Argüelles, Tim Berne & More

Read "Sexmob, Larry Goldings, Steve Argüelles, Tim Berne & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The exciting collaboration between Sexmob and Scotty Hard and that involving Larry Goldings, Kaveh Rastegar and Abe Rounds open an episode focusing also on soundtracks, beat poetry and poetry of the beat, before closing with a sonic voyage by Tim Berne, Hank Roberts and Aurora Nealand.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme ...


Article: Profile

Jazz Honors The Beatles

Read "Jazz Honors The Beatles" reviewed by AAJ Staff

All About Jazz is honoring The Fab Four in the year of the 60th anniversary of the release of their first album (Please Please Me). This collective tribute was originally published in September 2009--as a living document, we'll add more quotes & stories over time (see how-to in comments section). We also compiled a companion playlist ...


Article: Album Review

Dwight Trible: Ancient Future

Read "Ancient Future" reviewed by Chris May

This adventurous album takes spiritual jazz's premier vocalist out of his comfort zone and into the deep blue yonder. It is a work of extremes, beginning with a storm of avant-rock, funk and electronics and ending by spinning off into abstract space accompanied by a virtual headful of Stanley Owsley's finest. In short, Ancient Future will ...


Saudade, Colours of Love

Label: Challenge Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Com Que Voz; Tudo Isto E Fado; Verdes Anos; Foi Deus; Hermeto's Fado For Maria; E Se Nao For Fado; Danca Do Amor; Quando Eu Era Pequenina; Meu Pobre Capitao.



Label: Dash Hoffman Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: I Love You, Ruby My Dear, The Room, Bonita, Something We May Never Know, I Want To Be Happy, It Never Entered My Mind, Sleep In Peace, Looking For Bill, Song Of My Heart, Ruby, Small Hotel, Mary O'Shaunessy, America.


Article: Year in Review

2022: The Year in Jazz

Read "2022: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

Current events impacted the jazz world in significant ways throughout 2022. In its third year, the coronavirus pandemic continued to lurk in some settings, while others recovered in robust fashion. Russia's war on Ukraine was felt by musicians and triggered an outpouring of support for its victims. Initiatives to ensure greater equity in jazz advanced. The ...


Article: Year in Review

Jim Worsley's Best Jazz Albums Of 2022

Read "Jim Worsley's Best Jazz Albums Of 2022" reviewed by Jim Worsley

2022 has been another fertile year for jazz, both old and new. As this is now the season of giving and reflection, I share with you ten standout records that I had the privilege of reviewing. They are placed in random order for equal credibility. If, however, one did put a saxophone to my head to ...


Article: Album Review

NYO Jazz: We're Still Here

Read "We're Still Here" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The “NYO" in NYO Jazz is shorthand for National Youth Orchestra, a marvelous concept that should be cloned and shipped to as many cities, towns and villages as possible. NYO, comprising carefully chosen musicians, ages 16 to 19, from across the U.S.A. is based at Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute in New York City, and We're ...


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