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An original artist with a highly expressive and personal style, Grammy-nominated recording artist John Beasley’s music career spans three decades. Beasley’s credits reads like a “who’s who” list in the music and entertainment world performing, recording, and touring with major jazz, pop, and world artists; composing for hit-TV series; arranging for orchestras; working on award-winning films; and at the helm of reality singing shows as Music Director. He is a Governor at the GRAMMY Recording Academy and a Guest Lecturer at the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music.

Highlights of Beasley’s multi-track and multi-faceted career includes:

  • Pianist/Keyboardist: Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Carly Simon, George Duke, Christian McBride, Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Lee Ritenour, even stints with James Brown, Destiny’s Child, and Spice Girls
  • Music Director, TV shows:
  • – Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful, theme composer, NBC 2014
  • – Sing Your Face Off, ABC, 2014
  • – Duets (John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Robin Thicke, Jennifer Nettles), ABC, 2012
  • – American Idol (Carrie Underwood’s victory), FOX 2005 – Associate Music Director
  • – Search for the Next Pussycat Dolls, CW, 2007
  • Music Director for tours:
  • – Steely Dan Art Crimes world tour
  • – Queen Latifah’s Travelin’ Lite 40-city US Tour
  • – AR Rahman Jai Ho world tour
  • Music Director for concert
  • – International Jazz Day galas: Paris-2015, Osaka-2014, Istanbul-2013, Paris-2012
  • – Monk Institute’s Tribute galas: Quincy Jones-2015, Bill Clinton- 2014, George Duke-2013, Aretha Franklin-2012
  • – Los Angeles Philharmonic Jazz and the Orchestra: Host/Bandleader 2014 and 2011
  • TV composer: Fame, Cheers, Family Ties, Star Trek: Next Generation, Touchstone TV logo
  • Pianist and Programmer for films: James Bond Spectre + Skyfall, He called me Malala, Get on Up: James Brown, Exotic Marigold Hotel, Finding Nemo, upcoming Finding Dorry, Wall-E, Shawshank Redemption, Godfather III, and 100+ films
  • Co-producer EWE Japan: artists Chie Ayado (3 albums), Yosvany Terry; Lee Ritenour A Twist of Rit, upcoming Peter Erskine Om, Yota Miyazato Colors
  • Recording Artist: 11 recordings-Grammy-nominated Positootly! (Best Instrumental Jazz Album 2011)
  • Arranger for Luckman Jazz Orchestra, The Tonight Show, VHI Divas special, American Idol (2006-present), The Winner Is, America’s Got Talent, Singing Bee
  • Educator/Clinician/Guest Lecturer: Julliard, Rutgers, Rotterdam Conservatory; ASCAP, I Create Music, Grammy Camp, Jazz camps/workshops including Guatemala, Taiwan, Mexico, Netherlands.