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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 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

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2013 Thelonious Monk Institute Competition

Read "2013 Thelonious Monk Institute Competition" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

The saxophone is the most iconic of jazz instruments. Its image is all that is needed to invoke the music's essence, its history intimately entangled with the cultural arc of American music and urban culture. Its masters are the most recognized outside jazz circles and its sound most closely identified with the art form. To many, ...

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Monk Competition 2008: Saxophones

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Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Jazz Saxophone Competition Schoenberg Hall, UCLA Los Angeles, California October 25, 2008The 12 semifinalists at Saturday's competition this year were so close in musicianship that it was nearly impossible to determine who should be named a finalist. The 2008 Thelonious Monk ...

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Jazz & Blues: A Tribute to B.B. King

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Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Jazz Saxophone Competition and concert Kodak Theater Los Angeles, California October 26, 2008 As Poncho Sanchez opened the concert alone on stage with a serious chant aloud over his conga drums, the audience was reminded that jazz is composed of parts ...

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Monk Competition 2007: Trumpets

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Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Trumpet Competition Los Angeles, California October 27-28, 2007 The 20th annual Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz competition featured trumpeters this year, along with a concert tribute to Herbie Hancock that brought out an array of guest artists. A night to remember, the event was filmed ...

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Monk Institute Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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It is always tempting to find fault when something formerly counter-culture discovers itself embraced by the mainstream and honored by those who previously dismissed, devalued, or worse, denigrated it. For jazz, the fact that many of its founding fathers struggled against pernicious racism amplifies this tension, injecting the politics of civil rights into what is for ...


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