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John Beasley

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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

Album

In2uition

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.

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Article: Catching Up With

Denis Gäbel: A Deeper Meaning

Read "Denis Gäbel: A Deeper Meaning" reviewed by Matty Bannond


This year, the hr-Bigband welcomes star guests including Nils Landgren, Camille Thurman and John Beasley. It also welcomes a new lead tenor saxophonist: Denis Gäbel. In an interview with All About Jazz, he shares his thoughts about playing with this historic and highly-regarded German big band. Denis Gäbel grew up in a showbiz family. ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

The Music of Thelonious Monk: John Beasley's MONK'estra Live

Read "The Music of Thelonious Monk: John Beasley's MONK'estra Live" reviewed by Jim Worsley


If you are familiar with John Beasley's MONK'estra, then you may understand my excitement level at the prospects of seeing and hearing his music in a live show. The brilliance of Thelonious Monk's compositions propelled by the power and sass of big band swagger. This recent performance took place at The Barclay Performing Arts Center on ...

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Article: Year in Review

2021: The Year in Jazz

Read "2021: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The jazz world continued grappling and adjusting in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Jazz Day again went virtual for the most part. Singer Tony Bennett put the final stamp on his touring--and likely recording--career after his Alzheimer's disclosure. Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield was headed to federal prison. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four ...

Album

The Jazz All Stars Volume 1

Label: Le Coq Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: There For Flotus; Tu Were Nui; Log Jammin; There You Go; Afro Blue; Caravan; Rockin and Rhythm; Avalon.

Album

Bird Lives

Label: ACT Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Cherokee/Koko; Summertime; Scrapple From The Apple; I'll Remember April; Confirmation; Donna Lee; Laura; Overture to Bird.

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Article: Album Review

MONK'estra: MONK'estra Plays John Beasley

Read "MONK'estra Plays John Beasley" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The MONK'estra is actually a number of groups of various shapes and sizes, from duo to big band, assembled under the guiding hand of composer, arranger & pianist John Beasley to—wait for it!—"play John Beasley," an artist whose admiration for Thelonious Sphere Monk is clear throughout this buoyant and resourceful album, as it was on Volumes ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

John Patitucci: The Quintessence of Acoustic and Electric

Read "John Patitucci: The Quintessence of Acoustic and Electric" reviewed by Jim Worsley


John Patitucci had his life's work in mind at age twelve, At a time when most of us were worried about junior high school and pimples, Patitucci concluded that he was to be a professional musician. This was no typical young boy fantasy of playing center field for the Yankees, being an astronaut, or even being ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Bill Cunliffe: Always Doing It The Right Way

Read "Bill Cunliffe: Always Doing It The Right Way" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Most notably a jazz pianist, it comes as more than a surprise that Bill Cunliffe was not in the same orbit as jazz until he was in college. With the sheer volume of top shelf jazz he has written and recorded since, he would seem to have made up for any lost time. That time, those ...


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