March 12, 2021

SIRIUSXM REAL JAZZ satellite radio

Guest DJ: John Beasley

Playing music from each GRAMMY jazz nominee’s albums

Sunday, March 14
noon PT / 3pm ET
streamed live internationally

Opening performance:
50th anniversary of Marvin Gaye “Mercy, Mercy Me”

Nominee Artists performing:
Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra, Thana Alexa, John Beasley,
Camilo, Regina Carter, Alexandre Desplat, Bebel Gilberto,
Ledisi, Gregory Porter,  säje, Anoushka Shankar, Kamasi Washington, and more.

International Society of Jazz Arrangers & Composers
Uncharted Territory  –  Conversations with Arrangers & Singers

Friday, March 19
7p ET:     John Beasley & Maria Mendes
*moderator: John Clayton
8:15p:     John Hollenbeck/Kate McGarry & Theo Bleckmann
*moderator: JC Sanford
9:30p:     Darcy James Argue & Cécile McLorin Salvant
*moderator: Terri Lyne Carrington
John & Maria: Crossing Continents: A Fado-Jazz Meet-up
It was a blind date. Portuguese singer Maria Mendes called John Beasley to reimagine classic Fado songs of longing and melancholy for modern listeners. John flew to Amsterdam and met in the basement of the famed Bimhuis jazz club to hear the vision and music, then went away to write the arrangements. The second encounter was set in a small farmhouse to record the tracks. For their third date, they met at a recording studio to work with 30 musicians from the Metropole Orkest.
These cross-continental encounters brought the couple a 2020 Latin Grammy nomination, a 2021 Grammy nomination, and the Dutch Edison prize for “Best Jazz Vocal album.”

Compare original songs –> modern arrangements

Recent Media Features
LA Times   |   JazzTimes   |   All About Jazz   |  Jazz Fun (German)
Podcasts:     33Third   |  Music Biz Weekly 
Film:   Variety   |  Gold Derby

Call for Scores
Global Jazz Composition Competition
Prizes: €5K/3K/2K
Performed by Radio Symphony Vienna conductor: Marin Alsop

moon-shot dream writing my first symphonic jazz score “Simplexity”

Be the next winner!

Upcoming: check website for updates

International Jazz Day 2021 – April 30

Charlie Parker’s “Bird” album with Stuttgart’s SWR Radio Big Band & strings
Co-conductor/arrangers John Beasley & Magnus Lindgren
Guest artists:
Joe Lovano, Charles McPherson, Tia Fuller,
Chris Potter, Miguel Zenon, Camille & Pedrito Martinez
(Fall 2021)

Mack Avenue Records
Steinway & Sons Artist

Katherine McVicker, Music Works International
(select Europe + Global)

Myles Unlimited, Unlimited Myles (USA+Canada)

Education:  Artist Access  |  DGL Artists