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					JOHN BEASLEY, Music Director

John Beasley is a Grammy-nominated recording artist and former Associate Director
and Lead Arranger for American Idol. As Associate Director in season 4 (2005), he
oversaw the 12 female finalists, the role included: coaching and rehearsing the
contestants, selecting and arranging songs, and mixing the shows. Under Beasley’s
watch Carrie Underwood took the title and became a global music star, earning multiple
GRAMMYs. Over his 6-year stint (2005-2010) with Idol, Beasley at times substituted for
Music Director Rickey Minor on the music recording for iTunes.

Beasley has also worked on other top music and dance shows, including as Music
Director and on camera personality for the Pussycat Dolls Presents, The Search for
the Next Doll. Label executive Ron Fair invited Beasley to produce one of the finalist’s
songs for Star Search and an A&M single. He has also arranged music for America’s
Got Talent and Singing Bee.


At 24, Beasley started working as a composer for TV sitcoms for Paramount, Disney,
and xxx studios, writing the Touchtone TV logo (still used today) in xxx. He wrote
underscore and title (what is it you did?) for many Emmy nominated shows, including
Cheers, Fame, Family Ties, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Family Ties. At the
same, Beasley started a 25-year working relationship with Oscar-nominated and original
film and TV composer Thomas Newman playing and developing beats and sounds for
blockbuster movies and TV shows including The Shawshank Redemption, Erin
Brockovitch, Wall-E, Erin Brockovitch Finding Nemo, Twin Peaks and Angels in
America. As a studio musician, he also performed for Hollywood’s top composers
Randy Newman, Camine Coppola, Alan Silvestri, Dave Gruisin on films such as
Dreamgirls, A Bug’s Life, The Godfather III, The Usual Suspects, Little Women,
Fatal Attraction, to name a few

At 29, Beasley got the phone call of a lifetime. Miles Davis asked him to join his band.
Beasley went on to tour with Miles, released his first recording of eleven, the most recent
CD Positootly! earning a 2010 Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Instrumental Record.

A natural band leader with an sublime musical ear and sensibility for all genres of music,
major world artists has selected Beasley as Music Director for their concert tours,
including the multiple Oscar and Grammy winner A.R. Rahman’s Jai Ho world tour,
Queen Latifah Travelin’ Lite 40-city US Tour, Steely Dan - Art Crimes world tour and
Carly Simon’s DVD “Moonlight Serenade on the Queen Mary 2” 2005. Recognizing
Beasley’s jazz talent for performing, arranging, producing and as a band leader, in 2010,
Disney Hall invited Beasley to host a 5-concert series called Jazz and the Orchestra:
Los Angeles Philharmonic and John Beasley Quintet. In 2011, the prestigious Monk
Institute selected Beasley to direct its 25th anniversary Gala concert with the range of
Aretha Franklin, Jennipher Hudson, Chaka Kahn, Herbie Hancock
 Beasley will produce and lead the Monk Institute’s next concert to inaugurate the
United Nations newest World Day, International Jazz Day in Paris in April 2012.
Presently, Beasley is working on TV and film projects, composing for a documentary,
working with Tom Newman on the title music for the next Aaron Sorkin TV series and
the upcoming James Bond film. He will be releasing a funk CD in June with former
Miles Davis alumni, Ndugu Chancler Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones) and Darryl
Jones (Rolling Stones)

Beasley has been able to combine being a recording artist, music director for TV shows,
composing/performing on TV, films and commercials, touring with major artists
producing and directing tours throughout his career. He is a true chameleon who is a
versatile professional with a broad understanding of the demands of the different types
of projects, personalities and performances.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - Arranger
American Idol - Seasons 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 (2006-2010, FOX) Associate Music Director/
Arranger/Orchestrator/sub-producer iTunes recordings
Pussycat Dolls Presents: Search for the Next Doll - 2007, (CW)
       Music Director and pianist on camera (Jimmy Iovine and Ron Fair -
America’s Got Talent - 2007, (NBC) - Associate Music Director and Arranger
Star Search - Music Producer - Produced record for finalist Vicki Natale (A&M Records)

Major Tours:
A.R. Rahman Jai Ho: The Journey Home World Tour - Music Director
       2011: Asia and Middle East / 2010: 20 cities in US, UK, and South Africa
Jazz and the Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic and John Beasley Quintet–
Host/ Pianist
Steely Dan - “Art Crimes Tour” USA, Europe and Japan - Music Director, Keyboardist
Carly Simon DVD “Moonlight Serenade on the Queen Mary 2” 2005 - Conductor/Pianist
Miles from India USA and Europe Tour - Music Director/Keyboardist
Queen Latifah “Travelin’ Lite” 40-city US Tour - Music Director and pianist
Luckman Jazz Orchestra - Guest Conducter and Arranger Tributes: Duke Ellington,
Theolonius Monk, Lee Morgan and Dexter Gordon, Clifford Brown
Chie Ayado Tour (multi-million record sales Japanese singer)
Music Director, Producer - three records and music for two DVDs

COMPOSER - TV SERIES – selected list
Touchtone TV logo, Fame, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Cheers, Family Ties, The
Division, The Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe, Marsupilani and other
Paramount TV pilots and shows

Select Composers:
Thomas Newman (synth programming, pianist, orchestration, Pro Tools editing) , Dave
Gruisin, Stanley Clarke, George S. Clinton, Carmine Coppola, Alan Silvestri

Films: selected list
The Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Adjustment Bureau, The Debt, Brothers, Jarhead,
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Six Feet Under, Brothers, Wall-E,
Finding Nemo, Dreamgirls, Simpsons, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,
Angels in America, , Erin Brockovitch, The Salton Sea, A Bug’s Life, The Godfather III,
Twin Peaks (TV Series), The Green Mile, The People vs. Larry Flynt, The Usual
Suspects, Fried Green Tomatoes, Shall We Dance, Up Close and Personal, Hope
Floats, The Gods Must Be Crazy II, The Horse Whisperer, Little Women, The Abyss,
Fatal Attraction, Corrina, Corrina, Bonfire of the Vanities, Family Guy, Meet Joe Black,
Murphy Brown.

Positootly! (Grammy nomination: Best Jazz Instrumental Album)
        Jeff Watts, Bennie Maupin, James Genus, Brian Lynch - Resonance Records
Letter to Herbie
        Jeff Wattts, Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride - Resonance Records
One LIVE Night
        Gary Novak, Dave Carpenter, Carlos DelPuerto - Beasley Music
        solo piano - EWE Japan
        Vinnie Colauita, Robert Hurst - EWE Japan
        John Pattitucci, Bill Summers, Ricky Minor, Peter Erskine - Windham Hill
A Change of Heart
        John Patitucci, Terri Lynn Carrington, Freddie Washington - Windham Hill
10/10: The Music of Thelonious Monk
        John Beasley and Steve Cardenas - TDK Japan
Commotion 2: Sampler of Windham Hill Jazz - Windham Hill
Mose the Fireman
        (book on tape, read by Michael Keaton, music John Beasley and Walter Becker)
- Rabbit Ears

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            Duet
Hiroshi Imade                            Pahana
Vickie Natale                            Like No Other
John Von Seggern, Steve Tavaglione, John Simplexity
Beasley, Gary Novak, Walt Fowler, Judd
Recording Credits (Keyboards, Arranger)
Miles Davis         Live Around the        Miles Davis       Time After Time
Dianne Reeves       Art & Survival         Carly Simon       Moonlight Serenade
Walter Becker       11 Tracks of Whack     Kenny Rankin      A Song For You
Tânia Maria         Love Explosion         Heather Hedley    Standards
Al Jarreau          Making Spirits         Al Jarreau        A Smooth Jazz
                    Bright                                   Christmas
Lee Ritenour        West Bound             Lee Ritenour      A Twist of Jobim
Lee Ritenour        Rit’s House            Will Downing/     Pleasures of the
                                           Gerald Albright   Night
Ricky Martin        Vuelve                 Erykah Badu       Meet Joe Black
Johnny Lang         Long Time Coming       Michael Bolton    Time, Love &
Pussycat Dolls      Shall We Dance         Mya               James Bond 007
                    (sdtrk)                                  (video game)
Michael Franks      Blue Pacific           Manhattan         The Offbeat of
                                           Transfer          Avenues
Jon Hassell         Maarifa Street         Eric Anderson     Memory of the
Jeff Beal           Three Graces           Tanita Tikaram    Lovers in the City
Glenn Hughes        Building the           Jimmy Haslip      Arc
Hubert Laws         My Time Will Come      Hubert Laws       New Earth Sonata
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        John Patitucci    Another World
Eric Marienthal     Walk Tall:Tribute to   Eric Marienthal   Easy Street
Eric Marienthal     Crossroads             Tim Weisberg      Naked Eyes
Tim Weisberg        Time Traveler          Tim Weisberg      Three Decade
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      Up-Front
Bob Sheppard        Tell Tale Signs        Tim Weston        Providence
Bob Sheppard        Close Your Eyes        Chris Colangelo   Elaine’s Song
Steve Tavaglione    Blue Tav               Jimmy Earl        Stratosphere
Sal Marquez         One for Dewey          Jovanoti          Io Canto
Laura Pausini          Safari

Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, James Brown, LA Philharmonic, A.R. Rahman, Christian
McBride, Roy Hargrove, Chaka Khan, John Patitucci, Dianne Reeves, Sergio Mendes,
Wallace Roney, Chris Botti, Buster Williams, Bennie Maupin, Boz Scaggs, Kenny
Garrett, Jon Hassell, Baaba Maal, Howie B., Lee Ritenour, Jeff “Tain Watts, Harvey
Mason, Stanley Clarke, El Negro & Robby Ameen, The Count Basie Orchestra
(conducted by Thad Jones), Spice Girls, Carly Simon, Chie Ayado, Jessica Simpson,
Clint Black, Kelly Clarkson, Ron Fair, Reuben Stoddard, Destiny’s Child, Sheryl Crow,
Chick Corea, Barbra Streisand, Michelle Branch, Hart, Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper, Ry
Cooder, Bette Midler, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Chrissie Hynde, Emmylou Harris, Lee Ann
Womack, Rikki Lee Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Ivan Lins, Kip Hanrahan, Jazzy Jeff and the
Fresh Prince, Fantasia, Dwight Tribble, Brian Lynch, Yolanda Adams, Patti Austin,
Shirley Caesar, Dionne Warwick, CeCe Winans, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Miles from
India, Dave Liebman, Tal Wilkenfeld and Mike Stern.

                   GRAMMY nomination: Best Jazz Instrumental Album
                   Positootly! (Resonance Records)

                   Jeff “Tain” Watts, Bennie Maupin, James Genus,
                   Brian Lynch, Munyungo Jackson, John Beasley

                  Positootly! showcases Beasley's original, propulsive, multi-layered
compositions from funk and soul to bop, bossa nova, and nuevo tango along with three
choice covers.

                                           Jazz Times
     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.
                                           Jazz Police
      One of the most energetic recordings of the past year. “Positootly!” accurately
                       sums the spirit of this Grammy-nominated disc.
                                   All 4 ½ stars
 “This recording is his finest effort, and stands proudly alongside his previous recording, a fine
                                      tribute to Herbie Hancock.”
      “Positootly! is pure art…fasten your seatbelts…Beasley is masterful on keys.”

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)

John Beasley – 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)

“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

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

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)

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