Divorce, Exotic Hotel, New York and Love Letter to Aretha and Monk!

Beas in the Summer Hive, Blog – July 6, 2011

Divorce, New York and Love Letter to Aretha and Monk!

Getting ready for a Divorce Party
The world will be getting a new country!!! On Saturday, July 9, The Republic of South Sudan will be officially the 193rd country and 54th country in Africa. I found this incredible photo of a Sudanese playing a trumpet, getting ready for a divorce party parade. Lorna, my wife, who had the fortune to visit South Sudan in 1998 to work for Doctors Without Borders during a terrible famine said that the rejoicing will be tempered because last month, 100,000 people had to flee their homes due to new violence. Read more: http://bit.ly/qD25eq

NEW YORK, Empire State of Mind with
Jeff Tain Watts, James Genus, Antonio Hart, Rashawn Ross

This is it! So psyched about reuniting with my rhythm section “Tain” and Genus to play Positootly! at the JAZZ STANDARD, Wed July 27 – 2 sets. And, can’t wait to hear Antonio Hart’s chops esp. since he’ll be coming back from some karate camp in China (!!!) and Rashawn Ross who will be in between gigs with Dave Matthews. One Night Only so help me spread the word and get your tix early.

Aretha Franklin and Monk – An unlikely pair?
Fitting in my Artistic Director duties for the upcoming Monk Institute’s 25th Anniversary Gala Event Sept 12 @ the Kennedy Center. Aretha is being featured, so I did this 7-song medley that I really grooved on. Thanks FaceBook friends for your suggested songs. The Monk medley put me in another familiar and unfamiliar world. Thelonious, YOU modernist genius!

Jazz Inside magazine – July 2011 issue – Interview about me playing with Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis – www.johnbeasleymusic.com

Here’s the listing of my current projects and upcoming gigs. Hope to see you at a gig!

WHAT’S ON with JOHN BEASLEY July-Sep 2011

July in the Hive, Los Angeles
Working on a movie score with the ever brilliant Thomas Newman on The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Oscar-nominated Director John Madden staring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, and Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel.

Saturday, July 16,8pm,Thousand Oaks, CA
Lee Ritenour
featuring John Beasley, Melvin Davis and Ronald Bruner, Jr.
Open Borders – 125 West Thousand Oaks Blvd.
805-497-7691, www.openborders2011.com

Friday, July 22, 6-9pm, Los Angeles
John Beasley Positootly! Jazz Circle:Kevin Brandon (bass), Oscar Seaton (drums), Dwight Trible (vocals)
Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA)

Sunday, July 24, 7pm, Los Angeles
Global Soul with Rickey Minor and Stevie Wonder @ Hollywood Bowl

Arranged music for this concert of soul sounds across cultures, genres and generations with final stop a 40th-annv tribute to Marvin Gaye’s classic album, What’s Going On with guests:.Sharon Jones, Janelle Monae

Wednesday, July 27, 7:30p and 9:30p,New York
John Beasley Positootly! Quintet

Featuring music from Grammy-nominated Positootly! album with
Jeff “Tain” Watts, James Genus, Antonio Hart, Rashawn Ross
Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th St, NY ¬www.jazzstandard.net 212 576 2322
2 sets: 7:30p / 9:30p, $20

AUGUST, Bordeaux, Marciac in France
Roger Biwandu Trio, featuring John Beasley and Nolwenn Leizour

Aug 3
L’Apollo Bar – Place Fernand Lafargue, 33000 Bordeaux – http://www.apollobar.fr/
Aug 5, 6 and 7
Jazz Club L’Atelier – 6, rue de Juillac, 32230 Marciac – http://www.atelier-marciac.fr/atelier.html
Aug 9
Les Colonnes – 36bis, Place Darnichw, Monségur – http://www.restaurant-lescolonnes.com/accueil.html

September 3/4, Tokyo, Japan
Lee Ritenour & Mike Stern
featuring John Beasley, Dave Weckl, Melvin Davis
Tokyo Jazz Festival
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IpxViCob5g
Lee Ritenour, Mike Stern, John Beasley, Simon Phillips, Melvin Davis @ Blue Note, Tokyo-Feb 2011

Monday, Sep 12, Washington, D.C.
Thelonius Monk Institute 25th Anniversary Gala Concert @ Kennedy Center
John Beasley Artistic Director

Performing: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, Ron Carter, Esperanza Spaulding, George Duke, Jimmy Heath, Christian McBride, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terri Lyne Carrington, Arturo Sandoval, Terrence Blanchard, Jason Moran, Ambrose Akinmusire, Ellis Marsalis, Ben Williams, Jane Monheit, Kevin Eubanks, with special tribute to Aretha Franklin.

Saturday, Sep 24, 2-3pm, Los Angeles
The 67-member Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Christian McBride
and Mitch Glickman. (John Beasley on piano) The program features the world premiere of a new work composed by SJO co-music Director George Duke for McBride and the orchestra, along with other specially commissioned works.
UCLA, Royce Hall – http://www.uclalive.org/calendar/event_detail.asp?id=159


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Performance Links
Positootly! – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1h8LWQReiE

NEW WEBSITE: www.johnbeasleymusic.com

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