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John Beasley

p, syn, *1960 US, Shreveport, Louisiana
Musician / Composer / Arranger / Producer of Jazz

US pianist With a music career spanning three decades, Beasley's credits reads like a who's who list in the music world. He has performed/recorded with illustrious artists including Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter, Thad Jones, Hubert Laws, Diane Reeves, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Bobby Hutcherson, Wallace Roney, James Moody, Billy Hart, Buster Williams, Chris Potter, John Patittuci, Carmen Lundy, Marc Turner, Christian McBride, Kenny Garrett, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Kenny Rankin, Brian Lynch; took the lead as Musical Director for Grammy Award winning Steely Dan, Queen Latifah and AR Rahman; arranges for popular television shows American Idol and The Tonight Show; played on box office hits Wall-E, Austin Powers; and composed for TV series Star Trek, Cheers and Fame. As a solo recording artist, Beasley's compositions, arrangements and playing are inventive, explorative and exquisitely realized expanding musical thought, transcending limitations and genres while maintaining his unique and unmistakable style not only in jazz, but blues, classical and world music as well. His nine solo recordings illustrate how adept he is at writing both lyrically, rhythmically and across boundaries.

        
Instruments
  • Piano
  • Synthesizer
  • Electric piano
  • Keyboards
Genres
  • Jazz
  • Soundtrack
  • Children's Music
  • R&B/Soul
Popular Tracks   
Caddo Bayou on Positootly! by John Beasley
'Round Midnight on MONK'estra, Vol. 1 by John Beasley
Brake's Sake on MONK'estra, Vol. 2 by John Beasley
I'll Remember April on Bird Lives by Magnus Lindgren, John Beasley & The SWR Big Band
Cherokee - Koko on Bird Lives by Magnus Lindgren, John Beasley & The SWR Big Band
Summertime on Bird Lives by Magnus Lindgren, John Beasley & The SWR Big Band
Song for Dub on MONK’estra Plays John Beasley by John Beasley
Confirmation on Bird Lives by Magnus Lindgren, John Beasley & The SWR Big Band
I Mean You on MONK'estra, Vol. 2 by John Beasley
Light Blue on MONK'estra, Vol. 2 by John Beasley

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Band Members
Discography


Title Artist Year Type
John Beasley presents MONK'estra vol. 2John Beasley2017Album
John Beasley presents MONK'estra vol. 1John Beasley2016Album
Face The TruthGianfranco Continenza Featuring Don Mock, Bob Mintzer, Walter Martino, John Beasley, Michael Manring, Tetsuo Sakurai, Dino D'Autorio, Lorenzo Feliciati, Alessandro Centofanti, Ernesttico, Sergey Boykov, Adriano Brunelli, Federico Righi2011Album
Positootly!John Beasley2009Album
Letter To HerbieJohn Beasley2008Album
Nuances - 15 piano solosJohn Beasley2006Album
One Live NightJohn Beasley2005Album
SurfacingJohn Beasley2001Album
Solos/ Piano Scoring -VOL 2Al Capps, John Beasley, Mark Levang, Mitchel Forman1999Album
Mose The FiremanWalter Becker, John Beasley, Michael Keaton1993Album
A Change Of HeartJohn Beasley1993Album
CauldronJohn Beasley1992Album
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