John Beasley

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: October 10    

Grammy-nominated recording artist John Beasley’s music career spans three decades.

LA Times jazz critic Bill Kohlhaasee describes Beasley’s music and playing as “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.”

NARAS/GRAMMY Govenor, Beasley's credits cross the spectrum of the entertainment world: performing, recording, and touring with major jazz, pop, and world artists; composing for hit-TV series; arranging for ensembles and orchestras; working on award-winning films and commercials. With the popularity of reality singing TV shows, Beasley has taken the helm as Music Director for major studio shows....
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2010 Grammy Nominee: Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group "Positootly!" John Beasley (Resonance Records)
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    One Live Night

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John Beasley is one of the best pianists and improvisers on the jazz scene today. Beasley is a master musician, with total command of the jazz language, and his playing is always intense in both emotion and technique. —All About Jazz (Wilbert Sostre)

“The pianist and composer John Beasley has one of the most formidable tasks of anyone associated with today's International Jazz Day, the celebration produced by UNESCO and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. He's music director of the centerpiece concert to be live-streamed from Istanbul ...That means Beasley put together the lineups from a star-studded international cast, with a set list meant to charm the world...

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Primary InstrumentPiano

LocationLos Angeles, CA

Willing to teachAdvanced students only.

Credentials/BackgroundBeasley has led music/jazz/piano clinics and workshops worldwide over the past 25 years across the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America, including The Grammy Foundation's camps, The Music School (Utah), ASCAP (I Create Music) Politrius Music School (Guatemala), Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Maastricht Conservatories in Netherlands, to name a few. Private lessons - rates are negotiable Hours - when not on tour


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My Studio Equipment:

  • ProTools HD
  • Yamaha C7 grand piano
  • Neumann U 67 Microphone
  • 2 Neumann KM 184 Microphones
  • FOCUS Rite 4-channel digital pre-amp
  • Scheffler 2-channel analog pre-amp
  • Universal audio 1176 Compressor Limitor
  • Fender Rhodes Suitcase Electric Piano
  • Wurlitzer Electric Piano
  • Kurzweil PC 3
  • NORD Lead 2
  • Kontakt 3
  • Reaktor 5
  • Massive
  • Battery 3
  • FM8 B4-2
  • Pro-53
  • Spectra Sonics Stylist RMX
  • Guitar Rig 3
  • Reason
  • LIVE Arranging:
    For arranging, I use SIBELIUS. Files can be sent as Sibelius or PDF.

    John Beasley is a Yamaha artist, who uses Native Instruments software, M-Audio hardware, Kurzweil synthesizers, iZotope Ozone plug-in, and Yamihiko piano pickups. Also, endorser for Rhodes and Behringer.

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