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
An original artist with a highly expressive and personal style, John Beasley, a veteran pianist, composer and arranger, earned a 2011 Grammy nomination for his ninth album Positootly! (Best Jazz Instrumental Album).
With a music career spanning three decades, Beasley’s credits reads like a who’s who in the music world. He has performed/recorded with illustrious artists, including Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Thad Jones, Hubert Laws, Dianne Reeves, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Wallace Roney, James Moody, Christian McBride, Kenny Garrett, and Kenny Rankin; took the lead as Music Director for Grammy Award winners Steely Dan, Queen Latifah, Carly Simon (DVD) and AR Rahman’s tours; played on box office hits Wall-E, Shawshank Redemption, Finding Nemo; composed for TV series Star Trek, Cheers and Fame; and arrange music or was Music Director for reality shows American Idol and Search for the next Pussycat Doll.
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.