Date: Sunday, January 30, 2022
Time: 12:30 pm
Venue: Plaza Theatre
John Beasley is a multi-GRAMMY* and Emmy Award-nominated pianist, composer, arranger, producer and music director. An uncommonly versatile pianist, he backed such jazz icons as Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard--playing in the bands of both these trumpet greats while still in his 20’s.
While on tour with Miles Davis, Beasley was inspired to record his first album, Cauldron, which was produced by Steely Dan’s Walter Becker. A dozen albums later, Beasley has earned ten GRAMMY nominations, six for his project called MONK’estra which captures the spirit of Thelonious Monk’s singular music in fresh arrangements flavored with contemporary sounds that range from Afro-Cuban rhythms to hip-hop.
As a music director, Beasley has worked with Sergio Mendes, Queen Latifah, Steely Dan, A.R. Rahman (Jai Ho), along with tribute concerts for Kenny Burrell, Billy Higgins, and for the Hancock Institute’s gala tributes honoring Quincy Jones, President Bill Clinton, Aretha Franklin, Terence Blanchard, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Wayne Shorter. Recently, Beasley was commissioned by Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra to write a song for its 2020 program and also a commission for the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles entitled, “A History of Jazz.”