July 11, 2021

U-Turn back to live, in-person gigging!
I’m waxed, vaxxed, and relaxed!

Excavating to discover buried remains that can reveal new musical possibilities.

John Beasley Circle
Friday, July 16

Ben Williams, John Davis, Dave Binney

Saturday July 17
Edwin Livingston, John Davis, Dave Binney

Sam First Jazz, near LAX
2 sets: 7pm & 9pm

24 seats ONLY ~ $25 each set
Tip Jar – to watch online


Charles McPherson Quintet
Gilbert Castellanos  |  John Beasley  |  Rob Thorsen  |  Tyler Kreutel

Queen Bee’s
Saturday, July 24
7-10 pm
$35 tickets left (VIP tickets sold out!)
*honor a legend*

Kurt Elling with 
John Beasley’s MONK’estra Trio 
Terreon Gully
Joshua Crumbly
John Beasley

Catalina Jazz Bar, Hollywood
Friday, July 30:  8:30pm ~ $50
Saturday, July 31: 8:30pm ~ $50 + 10:30pm ~ $45
Sunday, August 01: 7:30pm ~ $45

Spinning jazz from Armstrong to Zenon
Tuesdays in July
9a-noon ET / 6-9a PT    |   repeats: 6-9p ET / 3-6p PT
SiriusXM Real Jazz, Ch 67 

Vote for John if you think he deserves your high five.
Album of the Year “MONK’estra Plays John Beasley”

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Myles Weinstein, Unlimited Myles – (North America + select Global
Katherine McVicker, Music Works International, select Europe + Global)
Education: Del Lyren, DGL Artists

John Beasley – More Calendar Events
Dianne Reeves, Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, Delaware
7    Tres Sabores Winery, MONK’estra Septet video screening, snacks & wine
20  WeHo Sounds Online, MONK’estra 4tet stream – free

Charlie Parker’s “Bird Lives” – Stuttgart’s SWR Big Band + strings
Co-conductors/arrangers: John Beasley + Magnus Lindgren
Album Release ACT Music – Fall 2021
Tour: Germany & Sweden November 2021

Chucho Valdés “The Creation” Suite
Co-arrangers/conductors John Beasley (MD) + Hilario Duran
November 2021: Miami, Lyon, Paris, Barcelona

Mack Avenue Records  |  Steinway & Sons Artist

MONK’estra 3 albums:  support musicians: buy music

June 7, 2021

Music for Mental Health:
Tuesdays                SiriusXM ‘Real Jazz’
25                           Bosch Season 7 Final Season premiere Amazon
30                           Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Tuesdays               SiriusXM ‘Real Jazz
16+17                      Sam First Jazz
29, 30 + 31             Kurt Elling Catalina Jazz Club

Spinning jazz from Armstrong to Zenon
Tuesdays in June & July  
9a-noon ET / 6-9a PT    |   repeats: 6-9p ET / 3-6p PT
SiriusXM Real Jazz, Ch 67 

John Beasley Septet
Vancouver International Jazz Festival Online

Premiere: June 30,10:30pm PT
On Demand: until July 06
  Tickets: $11

Musicians: Terreon Gully, Ben Williams, Rashawn Ross,
Bob Sheppard, Tom Luer + John Beasley

tune in from anywhere this summer night

BOSCH – Season 7
*premiere episode ~ final season*
John Beasley Quintet featured in club scene

June 25 + on demand

Bosch is based on Michael Connely’s best-selling crime novels. Tenacious LAPD homicide detective, Harry Bosch is a relentless cop who personalizes his cases and stops at nothing to bring justice to the victims of murder. His code is: 
“Everybody counts or nobody count.”

John Beasley Quintet

Terreon Gully (drums) Eric Revis (bass) Brian Swartz (trumpet) Teodross Avery (sax)

John Beasley piano/bandleader

Song: Caddo Bayou from Positootly! album Resonance Records

Sam First Jazz Bar
Beas is Back Live
Friday, July 16 + Saturday, July 17
2 sets: 7pm + 9pm
Limited in person seating
Live stream

Kurt Elling
Catalina Jazz Club
July 29, 30 + 31
 Secrets are the Best Stories
Grammy winning Best Jazz Vocal Album

Throwback –June 14, 2016– Letter from First Lady Michelle Obama
“Jazz at the White House” gala concert to mark International Jazz Day

Myles Unlimited, Unlimited Myles (North America + select Global)

Katherine McVicker, Music Works International  select Europe + Global)

Education:  DGL Artists


John Beasley – Fall Calendar
Charlie Parker’s “Bird Lives” – Stuttgart’s SWR Big Band + strings
Co-conductors/arrangers: John Beasley + Magnus Lindgren
November 2021: German and Swedish tours
*look out for album release on ACT Music – Fall 2021

Chucho Valdés “The Creation” Suite
Co-arrangers/conductors John Beasley (MD) + Hilario Duran
November 2021: Miami, Lyon, Paris, Barcelona


Mack Avenue Records  |  Steinway & Sons Artist

MONK’estra albums:  support musicians – buy music

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April 29, 2021

2021 All-Star Global Concert 
Herbie Hancock – Artistic Director  |   John Beasley – Music Director

filmed with musicians in Los Angeles:
Andra Day   Marcus Miller  Dianne Reeves
Dee Dee Bridgewater   Gerald Clayton  Ben Williams   Justin Tyson
Alex Acuña (Peru)     Francisco Torres (Mexico)    Justo Almario (Colombia)
Jonathan Butler (South Africa)  Mahmoud Chouki (Morocco)
Romero Lubambo (Brazil)

musicians in New York:
Melissa Aldana (Chile)   A Bu (China)   Ingrid Jensen (Canada)
Amina Figarova (Azerbaijan)  Massimo Biolcati + Roberta Gambarini (Italy)
Rudresh Mahanthappa (India)   Antonio Sánchez (Mexico)
Veronica Swift   Joe Lovano   Cyrus Chestnut
Kenny Garrett    James Genus   Stefon Harris

musicians in home countries:
Igor Butman (Russia)     Jacob Collier (United Kingdom)
Mandisi Dyantyis (South Africa)    Ivan Lins (Brazil)
John McLaughlin in Monaco    James Morrison (Australia)
Junko Onishi (Japan)

Special performance ~ Angélique Kidjo (Benin)

Live webcast via YouTube, Facebook,,
UN Web TV, UNESCO, US State Department outlets

2p Los Angeles / 5p New York / 11p Paris

International Jazz Day Preview Show
SiriusXM “Real Jazz”
with John Beasley
~Spinning 3 hours of music + interviews~

Dee Dee Bridgewater    Stefon Harris    Joe Lovano  
Kenny Garrett    Marcus Miller    Antonio Sanchez  
Roberta Gambarini    Gerald Clayton    Ingrid Jensen  
Lee Ritenour       Hubert Laws

Friday, April 30
12:15p ET / 9:15 am PT 
show repeats: 9pm ET / midnight ET

Two hour TV Special

Look back at 10 years of concerts featuring collaborations
between artists representing 30+ nations
from Istanbul, Osaka, Paris, the White House, Havana,
St. Petersburg, New Orleans and Melbourne.

Legendary artists: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Stevie Wonder,
Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Chaka Khan, Annie Lennox,
Sting, Christian McBride, Wynton Marsalis, Hugh Masekela, +++

Hosts: Morgan Freeman, Will Smith + Helen Mirren

A tribute to the treasured values and unifying heritage of jazz.

Tune in or stream
PBS TV (check local PBS listings)
6-8p PT  / 9-11p ET / 8-10p CT

Herbie Hancock – Artistic Director    |   John Beasley – Music Director

Catch these shows before they expire
~Conversation between Dianne Reeves + John Beasley – NJPAC + Jazz Standard
~KJazz Virtual Video Concert: MONK’estra Septet – expires midnight May 2nd

Upcoming concerts

“Jazz injects heart and soul into our blood, strengthens and
ignites fireworks in our brain.”

John Beasley Bookings:

Myles Unlimited, Unlimited Myles (North America + select Global)

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

Education:  Artist Access  |  DGL Artists

Mack Avenue Records Artist  |  Steinway & Sons Artist

April 12, 2021

New Jersey Performing Arts Center + Jazz Standard
Artist 2 Artist Discussion with

Dianne Reeves & John Beasley

Eavesdrop on two friends:
meeting @ the Comeback Inn… Sergio Mendes… Old Souls… 
George Duke… International Jazz Day… Strange Fruit… MONK’estra…
post-pandemic horizon.

Tuesday, April 13        –        7-8pm ET  |  4-5pm PT

…This is us, in 2021…

Healthcare for Justice Fundraiser
Streaming Concert

$25 supports medical care to victims and survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence by streaming this concert.

Purchase tickets here and you will be sent a private link to YouTube.

Please SHARE widely to support this cause.


We miss playing in person, but here’s a video concert premiering this Sunday

KJAZZ “Stay at Home” Virtual Concert

MONK’estra Septet
John Beasley  |  Terreon Gully  | Ben Williams
Rashawn Ross   |  Bob Sheppard  |  Tom Luer  | Francisco Torres

…playing original songs …

Sunday, April 18
8 to 9pm PST   /  11 to midnight EST

If you miss the premiere, listen anytime from April 18 to April 30.   /

MONK’estra Plays John Beasley 

APRIL 20, 2021

“Jazz injects heart and soul into our blood, strengthens and ignites fireworks in our brain.”

As UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassador, Herbie Hancock championed a day to mark America’s one true original art form, jazz. 

Ten years ago, UNESCO marked “April 30” as “International Jazz Day” to bring together countries and communities worldwide to celebrate jazz and highlight the music’s important role in encouraging dialogue, combating discrimination and promoting human dignity.

Jazz Day has become a global movement reaching more than two billion people annually on all seven continents, including Antarctica, through education programs, performances, community outreach, radio, television and streaming, along with electronic, print and social media.

The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz is UNESCO’s official partner in the organization and promotion of International Jazz Day.

2021 Jazz Day will be virtual online or in the U.S. on PBS TV
International Jazz Day – for broadcast times

~Pre-Show: Special 10th Anniversary video~
Highlights from Paris, Istanbul, Osaka, White House – Washington DC,
Havana, St Petersburg & Melbourne.

John Beasley, Music Director
List of artists performing will be released soon.

Special International Jazz Day Radio Show
SiriusXM “Real Jazz” Ch 67
April 30
Time: 3-6pm ET, repeats midnight-3am ET
Spotlight on global artists

Vaccinated and
ready to gig again.

Can’t wait to see you

Get your shot so you are less likely to get sick, go to hospital, or die… and less likely to spread the virus.

Protects Me, Protects You 

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