“Steinway means family to me. My great grandfather and uncle owned music stores, and I grew up visiting and tinkering on the Steinways in their stores. Steinways have a touch and tone that is a signature. No other pianos I have played on have this feel and sound. Steinway means family legacy and artistry to me.”
GRAMMY®-nominated recording artist and Emmy-nominated Music Director John Beasley’s music career spans three+ decades with credits that read like a “who’s who” list in the music, Film, TV and other entertainment worlds.
At 28, Beasley got the call from Miles Davis to join his band. While on tour with Miles, he was inspired to release his first CD, Cauldron, which was produced by Steely Dan’s Walter Becker. His Positootly! album earned a 2011 Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Instrumental Record. In 2012, he joined forces with two other Miles Davis alumni, Darryl Jones (Rolling Stones bassist) and the signature drummer for Michael Jacksons Billie Jean, Ndugu Chancler to form 3 Brave Souls. This triumvirate wrote, as one reviewer said, some “tangy, ass-wiggling funk.”
His list of collaborators is extensive and includes giants Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, James Brown, Marcus Miller, Al Jarreau, George Duke, Herbie Hancock, A.R. Rahman, Esperanza Spalding, Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Chaka Khan, John Patitucci, Dianne Reeves, Sergio Mendes, Wallace Roney, Buster Williams, Boz Scaggs, Jeff “Tain Watts, The Count Basie Orchestra (conducted by Thad Jones), Chick Corea, and Gloria Estefan. Some of his pop collaborators have included Destiny’s Child, the Spice Girls, Queen Latifah, Jessica Simpson, John Mayer, Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, Carly Simon, Barbra Streisand, Michelle Branch, Cyndi Lauper, Bette Midler, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Chrissie Hynde, Emmylou Harris, Clint Black, Lee Ann Womack, Bonnie Raitt, Shirley Caesar, Dionne Warwick, CeCe Winans.
By the age of 24, Beasley had already started writing music for Paramount, Disney, and MGM’s television shows, including Cheers, Family Ties, Star Trek, and Fame. As a film & TV composer, he has worked on scores for James Bond Spectre and Skyfall, Finding Dory and Finding Nemo, Get on Up (James Brown), Exotic Marigold Hotel I and II, He called me Malala, Wall-E, Shawshank Redemption, Godfather III, and 100+ films as a Drum/Synthesizer Programmer and as a pianist.
He has worked on TV and films including: Six Feet Under, Brothers, Jarhead, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Dreamgirls, The Simpsons, Angels in America, Erin Brockovitch, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, 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, Little Women, Fatal Attraction, Bonfire of the Vanities, Family Guy, Meet Joe Black, Murphy Brown. He received an Emmy Nomination for Best Music Direction on the 2016 ABC show Jazz at the White House. As a studio musician, he has worked for luminaries such as Thomas Newman, Dave Gruisin, Alan Silvestri, and Carmine Coppola.
As an arranger on a host of musical programs for performance, albums, TV shows, he has worked on Rhianna’s 2016 VMA performance; Robert Glasper’ 2016 performance for the African American Museum Opening Concert; The Tonight Show, VHI Divas special; American Idol; and America’s Got Talent. He is the Music Director for the Herbie Hancock Jazz Institute.
John Beasley is a Steinway Artist