John Beasley

Born: October 10    Primary Instrument: Piano

John Beasley

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)
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. His cast is headed by international superstars Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Eddie Palmieri, Robert Glasper, Ramsey Lewis, Esperanza Spalding, Joss Stone, Anat Cohen, Branford Marsalis, Hugh Masekela, Keiko Matsui, Lee Ritenour, Joe Louis Walker, Ruben Blades and Jean- Luc Ponty. They'll perform with Turkish musicians Husnu Senlendirici, Imer Demirer, Bilal Karaman and many others.... Having served as music director for artists ranging from Queen Latifah to Freddie Hubbard — and worked as MD for the first International Jazz Day concert in 2012 — Beasley seems well-prepared for the job.” -NPR Music - A Supreme Blog (Howard Mandel)

Beasley is also a singular pianist who is chirpy and breaks up his dazzling melodic runs with staccato perfunctory harmonic statements that then bend the music in another surprising direction. Thus he is never predictable and always makes a new surprise flow through the tips of his fingers that take the keyboard to task every once and awhile. —Latin Jazz.Net (Raul da Gama)

“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.” —LA Times

CD REVIEWS: 3 Brave Souls: “tangy, ass-wiggling funk...a groove so deep you could fall right in… potent pulse… great, greasy lines by Beasley…a fun romp ...more bite than a simple groove record …tasty stuff that needs to happen more often… contagious and penetrating grooves… honey dew sounds of southern soul… entertaining recipe of pop, world, R&B and soul injected with funk blasts and contemporary jazz class…. a fantastic recording that is simply pure funk…”

“sumptuous potion of distinct, powerful and peerless music created by this superb Trio”

“they collectively stir up a melting pot of jazz-funk, organic grooves, and soulful sounds resonate feverishly through the walls of these eleven songs is uplifted to greater heights by an extraordinary cast of guest performers” — Urban Funk, Urban Music, Something Else!

Positootly! John is truly an amazing pianist, imaginative composer, creative improviser and arranger. And with Positootly he created an album that people will look back as one of the first Jazz classic albums of the 21th century. —JazzTimes

One of the most energetic recordings of the past year. “Positootly!” accurately sums the spirit of this Grammy-nominated disc. —Jazz Police

“This recording is his finest effort, and stands proudly alongside his previous recording, a fine tribute to Herbie Hancock.” —All 4 ½ stars

“Positootly! is pure art…fasten your seatbelts…Beasley is masterful on keys.” —

“Positootly!” swings and features Beasley’s lyrical piano playing. Jobim’s “Dindi” is as beautiful as ever and is rendered in a 5/4 tempo that is a testament to Beasley’s arranging skills. —Sounds of Timeless Jazz

Letter To Herbie (Resonance Records) Beasley opted for an all out tribute with an all star cast including Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Christian McBride and Roy Hargrove. In the true jazz tradition, Beasley has brilliantly interpreted Hancock’s music, transforming ‘4AM’ from its original funk into a swinging uptempo affair and juxtaposing ‘Tell Me A Bedtime Story’ and ‘Maiden Voyage’ into ‘Bedtime Voyage’. Herbie’s reply must surely be ‘You’ve done me proud’. —Drummer UK (Brent Keefe)

Song “Bedtime Voyage” Letter to Herbie (Resonance Records) Clever arrangements. Hancock never wrote a song called “Bedtime Voyage,” but Beasley does a 'mash-up' of “Maiden Voyage” and “Tell Me A Bedtime Story,” two of Herbie's finest compositions. This mash is a real banger, and I would go back for second helpings. Beasley is quite effective, especially as a rhythm section pianist, and has mastered a number of Hancock's signature devices. This is a strong performance and a notch above your typical tribute project. — 4 stars (Ted Gioia)

A first call pianist/keyboardist has been one of the best kept secrets in jazz. “Letter to Herbie” is an extremely impressive recording that satisfies from end to end. The rhythmn section is two of the most important players in the last 20 years - Christian McBride and Jeff “Tain” Watts. Beasley, McBride and Watts immediately turn on the pots and get to smokin'! If you purchase this cd, you will get an immediate insight into what's happen in jazz at this moment. —Amazon 5 Solid Stars! (Skip Norris)

Discography Description Three generations of Miles Davis alumni having fun playing progressive roots music – keyboardist John Beasley, bassist Darryl Jones and master drummer Ndugu Chancler – join forces in a formidable new funk trio called 3 Brave Souls. Credits John Beasley – Rhodes piano, Clavinet, Wurlitzer electric piano, Hammond B3, synthesizers Darryl Jones – bass, vocals, guitar, percussion Ndugu Chancler – drums, vibes, kalimba, congas, timbales, percussion, vocals/rap Sy Smith – vocals Dwight Trible – vocals Gregorie Maret – harmonica Bob Sheppard – baritone saxophone Leon Mobley – Djembe Francisco Torres – trombone Steve Tavaglione – ewe Monet Owens – vocals Track Listing 1. Black Friday 2. Wanna Get Away? (feat. Sy Smith and Dwight Trible) 3. Nothing Left To Say (feat. Sy Smith) 4. Come and Gone 5. Alaya (feat. Bob Sheppard) 6. Nail it Down 7. Love’s Graces (feat. Sy Smith) 8. Ubiquitous 9. Yabis (feat. Francisco Torres and Leon Mobley) 10. Stay 11. N2U (feat. Gregorie Maret) Discography
Positootly!- Resonance Records -  GRAMMY NOMINEE: 
Best Jazz Instrumental Album - "Positootly!" John Beasley 
(Resonance Records)

Bennie Maupin
Jeff "Tain" Watts
James Genus
Brian Lynch
Munyungo Jackson
John Beasley

1. Caddo Bayou (J. Beasley) 5:04 
2. Positootly! (J. Beasley) 4:32 
3. Dindi (A.C. Jobim) 5:30
4. Black Thunder (J. Beasley) 6:41 
5. Shatita Boom Boom (J. Beasley) 4:58 
6. Tanguedia III (A. Piazzolla) 5:29 
7. Elle (J. Beasley) 4:53
 8. So Tired (B. Timmons) 4:45 
9. 8 Winds (J. Beasley) 4:51 
10. Hope...Arkansas (J. Beasley) 2:32

All compositions by John Beasley, except Dindi (A.C. Jobim), 
Tanguedia III (A. Piazzolla), So Tired (B. Timmons)


Producers: George Klabin and Joe Donofrio
Recorded at: Bennett Studios, Englewood, New Jersey, April 
Engineer:   Dave Kowalski
Mixed by:  John Beasley, Pierre Paul and Joe Donofrio at 
Rising Jazz Stars Studios,Beverly Hills, CA May 2009
Mastering by:    Pierre Paul
Cover Design:   Ricky Schultz & Anthony Polis
Cover photo:      Julie Dermansky / Graphic Design:  Giovanni 

Letter to Herbie, A tribute to Herbie Hancock - Resonance 

Christian McBride
Roy Hargrove
Jeff "Tain" Watts
Luis Conte
Steve Tavagliione
Michael O'Neil
John Beasley

1. 4 AM
2. Bedtime Voyage
3. Chan's Song
4. Three Finger Snap
5. Naked Camera
6. Eye of the Hurricane
7. Diana
8. Hear and Now
9. Still Time
10. Vein Melter

All compositions by Herbie Hancock, except Diana (Wayne 
Shorter), and 
three Finger Snap (John Beasley), Hear and Now (John 
Executive Producer: George Klabin
Co-producers: George Klabin and Joe Donofrio

Engineer: George Klabin and Pierre Paul
Album cover image: Aaron Waugh
Photo: Tim Sassoon, Sassoon Film

One Live Night

Gary Novak
Ralph Moore
Dave Carpenter
Carlos Del Puerto
John Beasley (keyboards, Fender Rhodes, CPU) 
   1.  Introduction
   2. Thorn of a White Rose
   3. Galaha
   4. Parapheralia
   5. You Should Know
   6. Altogether Marvelous
   7. Less Mister Yes (pt 1)
   8. Less Mister Yes (pt 2)

All music composed by John Beasley except "Thorn of A 
White Rose" by 
Jan Hammer and "Parapheralia" by Wayne Shorter.

Produced by John Beasley.
2004 Beasley Music

Nuances, 15 Solo Piano pieces


Composer/Producer/Pianist - John Beasley
2003 EWE Japan/Beasley Music

Surfacing, Trio CD 

Vinnie Colauita
Robert Hurst
John Beasley

   1. Song For Dub
   2. Brother Blue
   3. Personal Legend
   4. If so, then…
   5. Elle
   6. Reverie
   7. Seven Layers
   8. Surfacing
   9. Midnight Rule

Composer/Producer: John Beasley
Executive Producer: Charles Moore and John Beasley
2000 EWE Japan/Beasley Music


Peter Erskine
John Patitucci
Bob Sheppard
Darryl Munyungo Jackson
Ricky Lawson
Rickey Minor
Dean Parks
Bill Summers
Steve Tavaglione
John Beasley

   1. Beehave Yourself
   2. Sierra
   3. Cado Bayou
   4. Cauldron
   5. Catalina
   6. 11:11
   7. Run and Hide
   8. Zulu King
   9. I’m Outta Here

Composer: John Beasley
Produced by Walter Becker
Executive Producer: Sam Sutherland

1992 Windham Hill Records

A Change of Heart	Windham Hill
Terri Lyne Carrington
John Patitucci
Bob Sheppard
Darryl Munyungo Jackson
Bill Summers
Steve Taviglione
Freddie Washington
John Beasley

   1. A Change of Heart
   2. The Call
   3. Fix It
   4. Carnal Appetite
   5. Frasier St. Lament
   6. Steve-O
   7. Tess, The Flake
   8. Skippy
   9. Until Now
  10. What Beas Needs

Composer: John Beasley, except “Skippy” (Thelonius Monk)
Produced by Walter Becker
Executive Producer: Sam Sutherland

1993 Windham Hill Records

10/10 The Music of Thelonious Monk	TDK Japan

The Impressionists:  Windham Hill Sampler	Windham Hill

Commotion 2: Sampler of Windham Hill Jazz	Windham Hill

Mose the Fireman	Rabbit Ears 
(music by John Beasley and Walter Becker, story read by 
Michael Keaton)

Chaka Khan	Christmas CD
Andy Summers	Sensual Journey
Hubert Laws	Earth and Sky
Hubert Laws	Storm Then The Calm
Chie Ayado	Shine
Chie Ayado	Time
Chie Ayado	Seven
Brian Lynch	Spheres of Influence
John Patitucci	Another World
Yosvany Terry	Metamorphosis
Steve Tavaglione	Silent Singing
Michael White	So Far Away
Marilyn Scott	Innocent of Nothing
“El Negro” & Robbie Ameen	At The Third World War
“El Negro” & Robbie Ameen	Third World War II
Dwight Tribble & John Beasley	upcoming release
Hiroshi Imade	Pahana
Vickie Natale	Like No Other


Miles Davis	Live Around the World
Miles Davis	Time After Time
Al Jarreau	Making Spirits Bright
Al Jarreau	A Smooth Jazz Christmas
Dianne Reeves	Art & Survival
Carly Simon	Moonlight Serenade (DVD)
Walter Becker	11 Tracks of Whack
Kenny Rankin	A Song For You
Pussycat Dolls	Shall We Dance (sdtrk)
Heather Hedley	Standards
Lee Ritenour	West Bound
Lee Ritenour	A Twist of Jobim
Lee Ritenour	Rit’s House
Will Downing/Gerald Albright 	Pleasures of the Night
Jovanoti        Io Canto	
Laura Pausini	Safari
Michael Franks	Blue Pacific	
Michael Bolton	Time, Love & Tenderness 
Erykah Badu 	Meet Joe Black (sdtrk)
Mya	James Bond 007 (video game)
Tânia Maria	Love Explosion	
Manhattan Transfer	The Offbeat of Avenues
Ricky Martin 	Vuelve	
Eric Anderson	Memory of the Future
Tanita Tikaram	Lovers in the City	
Jon Hassell	Maarifa Street
Glenn Hughes	Building the Machine	
Jimmy Haslip	Arc
Johnny Lang	Long Time Coming	
Jeff Beal	Three Graces
John Patitucci	Sketchbook	
John Patitucci	Imprint
John Patitucci	Heart of the Bass	
John Patitucci	Another World
John Patitucci	Mistrura Fina	
John Patitucci	One More Angel
John Patitucci	Quiet After the Storm	
John Patitucci	Another World
Eric Marienthal 	Walk Tall:Tribute to Cannonball Adderley	
Eric Marienthal 	Easy Street
Eric Marienthal 	Crossroads	
Tim Weisberg	Naked Eyes
Tim Weisberg	Time Traveler	
Tim Weisberg	Three Decade Journey
Hubert Laws	My Time Will Come	
Hubert Laws	New Earth Sonata
Harvey Mason	Ratamacue	
Harvey Mason	With All My Heart
Kip Hanrahan	Beautiful Scars	
Melvin Davis	Nature’s Serenade
Kyle Eastwood	Paris Blue	
Kyle Eastwood	Now
Warren Hill	Love Songs	
Warren Hill	Life Thru Rose Colored Glasses
Jeremy Steig	Jigsaw	
The Power of Seven	Up-Front
Bob Sheppard	Tell Tale Signs	
Tim Weston	Providence
Jimmy Earl	Stratosphere	
Sal Marquez	One for Dewey
Freebo	End of the Beginning	
Greg & Bev Smith	No Baggage
Leslie Drayton	Close Pursuit	
Pat Coil	Just Ahead
Sofia Shinas	Sofia Shinas	
Sonya Jackson	Tigress
Steve Tavaglione	Blue Tav	
The Sala Brothers	Sala Brothers

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Primary Instrument:

Los Angeles, CA

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Beasley 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

Clinic/Workshop Information:
John Beasley is available to conduct master classes and workshops with solo or small ensemble playing.

Workshop/Clinic Topics:

  • Composition
  • Improvisation
  • Arrangement
  • Modern Jazz Harmony
  • Solo or Small Ensemble Playing
  • Functioning in the Rhythm Section
  • Writing for Television, Commercials, and Film
  • Electronic Studio Technology
  • Record Producer
  • Vocal Producer
  • Contemporary Singing
  • Musical Director
  • Preparation for Auditions and Performing As a clinician, Beasley can share his experiences and discuss:
  • Imparting lessons he has learned from playing in the rhythm section backing up many of the world’s greatest artists, including: Freddie Hubbard The role of the rhythm section; playing in the “pocket”; comping; the necessity of maintaining the high energy levels demanded by Hubbard; Chaka Khan Playing in an R&B rhythm section - simple and funky; Steely Dan The role of a musical director; learning interesting and unusual song forms; rehearsal techniques; and voicings; Miles Davis Phrasing, form, and contemporary jazz harmony; Carly Simon, Dianne Reeves, Queen Latifah, Kenny Rankin Accompanying a vocalist; Thomas Newman Film scoring techniques; incorporating samples and loops with orchestra.
  • Developing a unique sound – method and tools;
  • Composing and editing original material;
  • Playing in different styles, be it jazz, rock and roll, jazz, or R&B;
  • Production techniques using PRO TOOLS, synthesizer orchestration, sequencing, vocal comping, drum programming; and
  • Writing for TV commercials, overdubs and tracking for records, film scores, emphasizing practical workable methods. Beasley covers all of these topics under four general themes: Feel, Sound, Form, and Phrase. Beasley 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), Politrius Music School (Guatemala), CoArts Rotterdam Conservatory and Maastricht Conservatory Music (Holland), to name a few. BOOKING: Contact This e- mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • 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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